20131201 What Type of Soil Are You?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pastor Matt McFarland

Please open your Bible and follow along.

Matthew 13:1-8  The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.  2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.  3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:  8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Matthew 13:3b-4a  Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  4 And when he sowed,

4 Types of Soil
1) By the Wayside – Doesn’t understand what they’ve read or been taught
Matthew 13:4 & 19  4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

2) Stony Ground – Comes for awhile & then lets a trial or tribulation derail them.
Matthew 13:5-6 & 20-21  5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

3) Thorny Ground – Lets the cares of this world & desire for material wealth choke out
the influence of the Word and diminish the ‘fruit’ they produce.
Matthew 13:7 & 22  7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:  22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

4) Good Ground – Hears the Word, understands & applies it and brings forth fruit.
Matthew 13:8 & 23  8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.  23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

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