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Sermon Notes – Sunday 16th July – Parable of the Sower « The Anglican Church in Bordeaux

Jesus challenges us to understand GOD’s word. GOD is the farmer. It is GOD who plants the seed. The seed is His word.

  • This has nothing to do with us.
  • It is all GOD’s doing.
  • God is God.

We like think we are the center of things. Even the disciples of Jesus didn’t get what Jesus was saying and they were with Him all day long for 3 years.

It all starts with GOD and His word. That is the most important thing to understand. It is all about GOD and what He says / wants.

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

English Standard Version. (2016). (Luke 8:4–8). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

The good soil alone is fruitful. It illustrates the individual who hears the Word, understands it, receives it within, is truly saved, and proves it by patiently producing fruit.

Not everybody produces the same amount of fruit, but all true followers of Jesus  will produce some fruit as evidence of spiritual life. That fruit may include winning others to Jesus, money given to God’s work, good work, Godly character, and praise to the Master Jesus.

This parable shows that Jesus was not impressed by the great crowds that followed Him. He knew that most of the people did not really “hear” the Word and receive it in their hearts. He gave this story to encourage the disciples in their future ministry, and to encourage us today.

When you consider how much teaching, preaching, and witnessing goes on in the course of a month or a year, you wonder why there is such a small harvest. The fault does not lie with the sower or the seed. The problem is with the soil. The human heart will not submit to God, repent and receive the Word, and be saved.

“Faith comes first to the hearing ear, not to the cogitating mind,” said A.W. Tozer, the much-quoted pastor and author. Faith is not a matter of IQ or education; it is a matter of humbly preparing the heart to receive God’s truth. The wise and prudent are blind to truths that are easy for the babes to understand.