Sermon Notes from the Sunday 10:30 AM Service at Kannapolis Church of God on March 13, 2016
Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23 (NKJV)

Shotgun Sowing v. Targeted Sowing

Seed on the Road
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

Shotgun Sowing v. Pinpoint Sowing

Wayside – Roadway, walkway, etc.

Birds eat what is not intended for them

Seed on Rocky Places
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.

Stony Places

Hard places, impenetrable places

People that will not let the gospel in too far

Seed Among the Thorns
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.

Thorns hide the sun

Thorns drain nutrients

Thorns cut other plants

Seed in Fertile Soil
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Good Ground

Multiplied return

The need to hear

Are You Too Distracted?
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

The Enemy

Are You Too Guarded to Grow?
20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

Are you willing to hear anything God says and let Him grow deep inside you?

Are You Too Busy?
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

What is cluttering up your life? What is choking out the great truth of God’s will and purpose for your life.

Are You Ready?
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Are you ready to receive the seed?

You will see a powerful return on your acceptance of God’s gospel and truth. God always blesses individuals far beyond what it may cost you to follow Christ. You forsake all to follow Him, but you will be trading your all for God’s all!

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