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].
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.
The parables not only illustrate, but perform. They are a prophetic comment on the state of affairs, and this Parable of the Sower actively brings about the very things of which it speaks. Parables make the truth memorable for those with spiritual ears, and they harden and confuse and conceal for those who remain in their sin. Parables sort the wheat from the chaff; the sheep from the goats, and this is exactly what Christ says they are meant to do. The preaching of the gospel sorts people out as it is designed to do. Because God is sovereign in salvation, we can share the gospel with great joy and anticipation. The hardest soil you know today may be worked over and gladly receive the Word tomorrow. For those of us in whom the gospel has already taken root, we have the joy and the privilege of tending to that life, of taking our part in an abundant harvest. Worshipping with the Lord's people on the Lord's Day, spending time in the Word and in prayer, pushing out the weeds of sin and indifference with a healthy crop are all things that are not mere duties to be performed out of obligation, but are productive work that yield greater profit, greater peace, and greater joy.
What is the intent of the parable of the seed, the sower and the soil?
Matthew 13, Luke 8, Mark 4
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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.
The younger and older brothers both needed to repent and come home. Discover how the sinful and religious persons both need forgiveness, and both can be accepted by the Father! Don't let religion get in the way of your relationship with God.
We need to realize thatwe are under a deception of the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). . Our walking with sight in this world shows darkness in the Spirtual world, because this whole world lies in darkness and loves the dark. We need a light bringer to open our blind eyes that we may really be able to see with comprehension and understanding.
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06- Women cannot be pastors and elders.
14- Miracles of Jesus.
34- Biblical Marriage, is sex before ceremony considered adultery?
52- The Tabernacle
57- Parable of the 10 Virgins.. Matthew 25.
What motivates you in life?
Eleanor Roosevelt was on to this concept when she said: "When you give joy to other people, you get more joy in return. You should give a good thought to happiness that you can give out."
It is relatively easy to rejoice in the Lord when things in life are going well.
What do I have to rejoice in then?
I. Assurance of Salvation - Luke 10:17-20
II. Salvation of Others - Luke 15
Closing Remarks: What should motivate us to rejoice?
That our names are written in Heaven.
The salvation of others that have their name written in heaven.
Theme: Jesus Teaches that There are Many Obstacles to Truly Hearing the Gospel and Bearing Fruit; the Grace to Hear and Believe is a Gift of God, Multiplied.
I. God Reveals His Word Through Parables – vv. 1-18
A. Jesus Speaks to the Multitudes in Parables – vv. 1-3a
B. The Parable of the Sower – vv. 3b-8
II. Parables Hide the Gospel from Those Not Chosen by God to Hear – vv. 9-18
A. The Disciples Wonder at Jesus' Use of Parables – vv. 9-10
B. To Whomever Understanding Has Been Given, More Will Be Given – vv. 11-13
C. God is Sovereign, but Man is Willfully Dull – vv. 14-15
D. You are Blessed in that God Has Opened Your Ears – vv. 16-18
III. There are Many Obstacles to Truly Hearing the Gospel, We Must be Actively Listening – vv. 19-23
A. Hearing Without Understanding – v. 19
B. Stumbling because of Trials – vv. 20-21
C. Choked by Cares and Deceitful Riches – v. 22
D. Hearing, Understanding, and Bearing Fruit – v. 23