All of us are heading towards an appointment with God our Creator. An appointment we must keep. Are we ready for it? Are we prepared? Here is the one essential must-have that alone will prepare us to meet God.
Text: Mark 4:1-20 | Speaker: Levi Bakerink | Description: Jesus begins His kingdom parables with the famous story of the sower who goes out to sow. Jesus Himself is sowing gospel seeds, the only question is how will we respond to His message? There are many reasons why we neglect the good news, but for those who accept His message will receive abundant life.
Luke 13:  And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.  And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?'  And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.  Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" (ESV) Published 112623@1435
This sermon was preached on November 19, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Pastor Zachary Groff preached this sermon entitled "The Nature of the Kingdom" on Matthew 13:24-53. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
This sermon was preached on November 5, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Pastor Zachary Groff preached this sermon entitled "Parable of the Sower" on Matthew 13:1-23. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
Christ's kingdom parables frequently encourage us to both patience in adversity and confidence over it. The patience and the confidence are both the fruit of trusting in Christ's settled victory over all things and all history. Imposters, false teachers, ungodly people, the spiritually indifferent, and antichrist ideas are all growing alongside and among the crop of God's kingdom. We must ever be on guard, honing our discernment according to the Word of God so that we will tell the true from the false in due time. As we wait for the fruit to give evidence of the root, we have opportunity to learn this patience and this confidence in God's purposes. We can neither advance or delay His timing with our efforts, so our charge is to diligently man our stations, to obey Christ's instructions, to take sin seriously, and to never despair. It has been said that the good soldier fights not so much because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. We are commanded to hate the weeds, and this hatred is proper because the weeds corrupt what is lovely. May God give us a heart that rightly tackles the weeds because of our overwhelming anticipation and love for the bountiful harvest of His kingdom.
This judgment looks at the harvest that Jesus spoke of in the Olivet Discourse (Mt. 24-25) and the two "mystery kingdom" parables of the Wheat and the Tares and Dragnet. This judgment will take place after the Tribulation and before the 1,000 year kingdom during a 75 day interval. Believing Jews will enter. Unbelieving Jews will be cast into outer darkness.
Text: Mark 2:18-22 | Speaker: Levi Bakerink | Description: Jesus continues to clash with the religious leaders of the day. They cannot understand why He and His disciples do not fast like them. Don't the know the tradition and laws of their religion? But Jesus corrects them by showing that He brings something completely new. The old has been put away, and the new is come.
What kind of soil is your life? what flourishes in the garden of your soul? What does your life produce, weeds or fruitful growth? This week we have the conclusion of a sermon on the parable of the soils.
Jesus was walking into a trap. Several traps, actually.
When Jesus entered the Temple in Matthew 21, the Pharisees, Sadducees and others planned to ask Him questions that might trap or make our Lord look bad before others. They wanted to destroy or hurt His credibility. In today's study, we'll see how Jesus responded.
Questions That We'll Answer:
A) What was the irony about the questions that Jesus was facing?
B) What was the point of Christ's parable about the wedding feast?
C) What happened to the improperly dressed 'wedding guest?'
What is the intent of the parable of the seed, the sower and the soil?
Matthew 13, Luke 8, Mark 4
If you have a question, please email us at [email protected]
SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/@Bibleline for more
SHARE: with all your friends and family
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING
Matthew 13 famously introduces what are known as Jesus' "Kingdom" parables. This chapter begins with four public parables, delivered before the crowds. At the conclusion of those parables, the disciples steal away with Jesus and seek an explanation. In that private meeting, Jesus follows His explanation with three more famous parables (The Hidden Treasure, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Dragnet).
Jesus follows His teaching with a check on learning: "Have you understood all these things?" They respond with a tentative "yes". In light of their response, Jesus dubs them "scribes" and proceeds to outline the duties and characteristics of scribes by way of one final parable, the parable of the "householder." What do scribes look like? Let's take a look at Jesus' teaching and explore three characteristics of the Savior's scribes.