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
Jesus invited thought and decision when He taught provocatively about His own two natures, both God and man, showing this in the Word of God through both David and The Spirit.
Since no one dared ask Jesus any more questions (v.34), now it was Jesus' turn to ask a question in order to teach them two essentials truths! (v.35)
Jesus taught from David's writing in Psalm 110:1 how to harmonize two seemingly contradictory Bible truths, that Jesus is actually both David's Son and David's Lord/Christ, leading to an essential and profound understanding. (v.36)
Jesus showed that the scribes should have but did not understand, believe, or teach this crucial truth from the Word of God and the Spirit of God, regarding who Jesus truly is. (v.37)
Whose teaching is the most profound about essential things?
How much did David foresee about the resurrection? Acts 2:29-34
In what ways was David a pointer to Jesus? Acts 13:23-39
What is unique about Christ, Son of David? Heb 1:5-13, Rm. 1:3-4
Believers are "guided into the truth." We also help guide others into the truth - through evangelism, for example. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:25-40. Here we see an example of a lost man who needed the truth, and of a faithful evangelist who gave it to him. Listen, and be encouraged by Philip's example to help guide others to the truth in your own life.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for September 6, 2023. Today we continue our short study on how to read God's Word as we examine perspective and prayer before reading the Bible. What is your perspective as you come to God's Word? Do you pray before reading and after? Thanks for joining us!
"We can accomplish more by putting time and strength into prayer than we can by putting the same amount of time and strength into anything else." R.A. Torrey said that, and Paul would agree. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse goes through Colossians 2:1-4, showing us Paul's struggle of prayer on behalf of the Colossian believers. You'll see Paul's desire for the believers to have encouraged hearts, loving fellowship, confident assurance, an understanding of true knowledge, and spiritual protection - and you'll be encouraged to prayerfully struggle for these things in your own life and church.
Have you ever wondered why Scripture isn't easier to understand? In this message, Pastor Jesse walks us through the concept of the clarity of Scripture. He goes into the doctrines of the illumination of and perspicuity (clarity) of the Bible. You'll discover how the Holy Spirit is our Teacher and that the Bible really is meant to be understood. Listen and be encouraged to know that you CAN understand the Bible, and you can know the God of the Bible.