Summary: The time to sow seeds, and various soil types of evangelism.
Sowers, Seeds and Soils
A sower went out
We are expected to go out
We are expected to sow
We cannot go out without seed
Seeds have no life until they are sown
Need water, light and soil (can grow without soil)
The seed is the word of God
Mixed with the light of Jesus and the water of the Spirit = life
The sower sowed on different ground
He scattered the seeds
He sent them everywhere
Some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it
How many people tread the word of God under foot?
The one who has let people or things or situations make their heart hard that they do not want to let the Word enter their heart at all.
They could be the one who never attends church or who has attended church much of their life.
They hear the word but fail to believe it is the truth for them to follow
There are people who have come to church many times and the Word preached does not affect them
The heart that is set on the pleasures of sin will be hardened to the Word of God.
It’s a dangerous surface
It is exposed to the birds of the air and to the stomping of feet passing by
Who are the fowls?
The devil, and takes away the word out of their hearts, so they don’t believe and get saved
This is a hopeless Place
The word of God cannot find a place to stay and grow
It is on this path for a time but it does not enter and life is never given
It still is the Word of God but the one who hears it does not profit from it
He does not understand the power in the Word of God and the devil steals any chance of hope
His business is to hinder people profiting by the word of God. He takes the word out of the hearts of careless hearers
Have you shared the word with people and they tread it under their feet and immediately it has gone?
This can be disheartening, but we should expect it
Not everyone will jump up and say ‘ tell me more!’
Yet some will be just like this
Those sown on the rock
Those who hear and receive the word with joy and believe for a short time, but then fall away because they have no root
When the feeling goes away so does the faith that could have been
They like the feel-good of Christianity but do not want any more problems in life
Roots are there to receive water
To anchor the plant into the soil
They take in nourishment
If there is a shoot but the root is weak, the plant will not last
You may think your growth is slow, that’s ok as long as the root is deepening
Some people hear the word and come to church for a while
They don’t get anchored into the word
They don’t get watered and nourished by the Spirit
When asked for commitment, they disappear
Because they are not anchored they fall into temptation
They backslide and never return
The ones sown on thorns
They hear and go into the world
A double-minded hearer
But when cares of this life come, they give up
They want earthly things
The soil was preoccupied
These bear no fruit
If a seed doesn’t produce fruit, it is worthless
No fruit comes from this soil because the weeds are not destroyed but fed