Dr. Danny Campbell
This young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day onward throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and God's Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible, that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
- Series: Matthew Teaching
- Scripture: Matthew 13:1-23
The Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:1-23
The Parable of the Sower describes the different RESPONSES people have to the Word of God.
The Background of Jesus’ parable
The word mysteries in verse 11 is the Greek word Mysterion – the purpose and plan of God that is being worked out phase by phase in human history.
“The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” – Charles Spurgeon
The word hear is used SIXTEEN Times in this section: Hearing means listening with spiritual understanding and receptivity. It is a hearing that leads to response.
Four Responses to the Word of God:
The HARD – hearted response V. 19
The SHALLOW – minded response V. 20-21
“The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” -G.K. Chesterton
The WEAK – willed response V. 22
The TOTAL Commitment response V. 23
The secret to victory in the Christian life is to say “YES” to God the Holy Spirit, one decision at a time!