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Summary: Jesus revealed that the condition of men’s hearts are the limiting factor to the spread of the Gospel. What makes them the limiting factor? 5 limiting factors in the multiplication/spread of the Gospel message.

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THE RIGHT SOIL—Luke 8:4-15

Jesus revealed that men’s hearts are the limiting factor to the spread of the Gospel.

The state of men’s hearts are the limiting factor to the spread of the Gospel(good news of salvation by grace).

How are men’s hearts the limiting factor to the spread of God’s Gospel Message?

5 limiting factors in the multiplication/spread of the Gospel message.

1—A limiting factor in the spread of the gospel message is

AN INQUIRING HEART(:9-11)

—Explanation:(:4, 9-11)

:4—“And when a great multitude were coming together, & those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:”

“Parable”—A story which reveals a spiritual truth.

:9—“And His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable might be.”

*“Questioning”—Not curious but serious/sincere.

:10—“And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, in order that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.”

:11—“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.”

“The word of God”—Realize

—Argumentation:

Mat. 7:7-8—“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.”

—Illustration:

Planning a vacation/ Inquiries made/Sincere & serious about acquiring the best for family’s needs/INQUIRING HEART

Asking directions

—Application:

?You have an INQUIRING heart?

?Is your heart a limiting factor to the Gospel?

?Your heart offer the Right Soil/Environment for the Gospel?

2—A limiting factor in the spread of the gospel message is

AN IMPERVIOUS/Hardened HEART(:5, 12)

—Explanation:(:5, 12) Impenetrable/Receptive/Protective

:5—“The sower went out to sow his seed; & as he sowed, some fell beside the road; & it was trampled under foot, & the birds of the air ate it up.”

“Trampled”—destroyed by other authorities.—Trafficed

Mat. 7:6—““Do not give what is holy to dogs, & do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, & turn & tear you to pieces.”

“Birds of the air”—“Air”—ouranoV—Heaven

“Birds”—Watching to remove anything visible. Unsuspected from above.

Satan is Prince of the power of the air—ahr.

Eph. 4:14—“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here & there by waves, & carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;”

:12—“And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes & takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe & be saved.”

“That they may not be...saved”—Once God’s word is removed there is no salvation.

—Argumentation:

Eph. 6:12—“12 For our struggle is not against flesh & blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

—Illustration:

Cement Driveway/Impervious to grass-trees-animals/Limits spread of grass-trees-animals/IMPERVIOUS HEART


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