The Word of the Kingdom – Part 2 (9-30)

Kingdom, Lord's Prayer, Kingdom of God, Sermon, Church, Series, Church of God, Dayton, Pennsylvania, PA, Rural Valley, Numine, Yatesboro, Smicksburg

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Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

We looked at how the hard-hearted path doesn’t understand the Word and how the enemy comes in, steals it away, kills it before it can take root, and destroys any idea of faith.

The shallow rocky soil won’t allow faith to take root. The seed is easily uprooted when tribulation or problems arise through hurt, discontentment…

But in each case there was a choice that was made, “He who has ears, let him hear”! The hard-hearted won’t hear and those with shallow roots turn from the church or the local congregation rather than stick it out and do what the Word of the Kingdom instructs.

The parables are designed to make us think, they are not meant to be easy. As I said before, it takes effort to press into the Kingdom. Jesus said that “the good news (the gospel) of the Kingdom is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.” We hearers must actively, aggressively, and forcibly seek to enter the Kingdom.

How do we do that? Laying aside every weight and sin which clings so closely (Hebrews 12:1which brings us to today’s soil. This is the thorn infested soil, the soil that allows thorns to crop up.

Vs. 7 Other seeds fell among the thorns and the thorns grew up and choked them. Vs 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

Worries and cares of this world. But each person is tempted when he is lured (carried/drawn) away and enticed by his own desire. – James 1:14

Are the “good” things you are doing keeping you from the “best” things in life?

Other things come before God and His Church, before the lost, hell-bound soul of their neighbor…

But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. – 1 Corinthians 12:18

As Oswald chambers said “Never allow this thought—“I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly can be of no use where you are not!”

If you are not here, ministries suffer. If you are not here, how can you encourage, help, pray for, teach, or love one another? How can we provoke one another to love and good works without being present with the church? whether it is Sunday or a work day or a fellowship meal? (Hebrews 10:24-25) The thorns need pulled out by the roots least they choke out the Word of the Kingdom. Work the soil and you make it good! Get rid of the Thorns!

The good soil: I believe that our hearts are not made up of just one kind of soil. There are differing amounts of each kind in each of us. And I also believe that, with the Spirit’s help, we are enabled to become the kind of soil that produces a hundredfold!

The Sower: God continues to spread the seed, the word of the Kingdom, to unworthy soil. God spreads the Word of the Kingdom with reckless abandon in hearts that are, at once, all four different kinds of soil. He threw seed at the disciples who, over and over and over again, proved that they had hard hearts, shallow thinking, and other priorities.

The good news of this parable is that God continues to throw seed at us. He pours out His love upon us relentlessly, and the Word of the Kingdom is sown in the hearts of all who have ears to hear.

The Word of the Kingdom is God’s unconditional love! This is what the Parable has come to mean to me: In the Kingdom God’s love is constantly poured out and constantly seeking to take root as we work together with God in cultivating the soil.

Digging Deeper

  • What ministries suffer because of the thorns in your life?
  • What is keeping you from being involved in the ministry of the Church?
  • Who will be held responsible for the thorns you allowed to grow?    
  • What has “The Word of the Kingdom” done to change you?

Further Reading: Matthew 6:25-33 (33), Luke 16:14-17, Ephesians 4:17-5:11, Colossians 3:1-17, Hebrews 4:2, 12:1-17, James 1:23-25, 1 John 4:7-21

 

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