5/28 Fundamental Thoughts

The Sower.

Matthew 13:1-9  The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.  (2)  And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.  (3)  And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  (4)  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  (5)  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  (6)  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  (7)  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:  (8)  But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.  (9)  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:18-23  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.  (19)  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  (20)  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  (21)  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  (22)  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  (23)  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The Sower is the Son of Man;        The seed is the Word;
                                                                        The soil is the human heart.  
              The Sower a name for the Preacher! He went forth to sow; not to criticize, or make a display.
              All who are burdened with precious seed long to scatter it are also Sowers.
              The prophets of old knew what the burden of the Lord meant. May His message so burden us that we shall go forth seeking the lost, serving God with our heart.  
              The four different kinds of ground represent four distinct ways in which the Word of God is treated by those who hear it.

I.            THE WAYSIDE,               (or an Indifferent Hearer)              (v 4)
              A.           The "Way­side" Is
                             1.           A hard place to be
                                           i.            The indifferent hearer
                                                          a.           But his heart is like a public          
                                                          b.           Open to every passer-by, and
                                                          c.            Beaten hard with the feet of
                                                                        selfish thoughts.
                                           ii.           The heart that is open
                                                          a.           For the pleasures of sin
                                                          b.           Will be hard for the Word of         
                             2.           A Dangerous Place.
                                           i.            Exposed to the “fowls of the air
                                                          a.           The feet of every passer-by.
                                           ii.           No matter how precious the seed,
                                           iii.          It can only fall on it:
                                                          a.           It cannot fall into it.
                                           iv.          The seed is always in danger

Psalms 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
                                           v.           Fowls have quick eyes.
                                           vi.          The wicked one detects the precious          
                                                          Word lying on the thoughtless heart

Matthew 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
vii.            The loss is never felt,
a.             Its value has never been
                             3.           A Hopeless Place.
                                           i.            The living seed can find no shelter.
                                           ii.           Although it may remain for a time,
a.               It has had no entrance, and
b.               So can show no life.
c.               Indifferent hearers gain

II.           THE STONY GROUND,               (or Emotional Hearer)     (v 5)
              Here the word is--
              A.           Joyfully Received                                                       (v 20)
                             1.           No depth of earth it is easily moved.
2.               This hearer is often very emotional.
i.                Their feeling is easily wrought upon.
ii.               Tears are quickly shed,
              a.           As quickly dried up.
                             3.           They hear the Word gladly;
                                           i.            Yet, their heart is with the world

              B.           Quickly Starved.
                             1.           There is “no root.”
                                           i.            It soon sprang up,
                                                          a.           Life was all on the outside.
                                                          b.           No down­ward growth,
                                                          c.            There was no plowed earth.
                             2.           Beneath the emotional feeling
                                           i.            There lies the hard, unyielding rock
                                                          a.           Of a stubborn will.
                                                          b.           No room

              C.           Completely Scorched.

Matthew 13:6  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

1.               There is no spiritual nourish­ment
i.                It is overcome by worldly circumstances.
ii.               Their heart must be filled with love to God
a.          The Word of God will not              
b.          Root and grow,
c.          Stand “rooted in-love."
2.               Persecu­tion soon comes
i.                They finally go back

III.         THE THORNY GROUND,            (or Double-Minded Hearer)
              We have-
A.              Soil Abundant.
1.             There is plenty of depth for the roots of  thorns
              i.            There is also depth enough for seed.
              ii.           In the heart of the double-minded
iii.             There is willingness to receive God’s Word
iv.             Yet, is more concerned with the thorns of worldly things.
              B.           Soil Was Already Occupied

Matthew 13:7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
                             1.           That which is first is natural.
                                           i.            The thorns and the briers
                                           ii.           Have first place in the heart of man.

ILLUSTRATION:  Placing a good apple within a barrel of rotten apples, will spoil the good apple.  So as with people, you associate with bad apples, a bad apple you will become.

                             2.           But, that which is first
                                           i.            Adam
                                                          a.           Must be taken away
                             3.           That which is second and spiritual
                                           i.            Jesus the Christ
                                                          a.           He is to possess and prosper.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

              C.           Unfruitful.
                             1.           The thorns will choke seed.
                                           i.            The seed will not choke the thorns.
                             2.           The sins that are allowed to abider in the heart
                                           i.            Will eventually be exposed
                             3.           Although they may not be visible now,
                                           i.            These sins which choke the Word,
                                           ii.           Are deadly enemies,
a.               Although often excused.
b.               Are never forgiven

CONCLUSION:  The Good Ground, (or Honest Hearer) That seed which landed on the good ground, the ground which was prepared through hearing God’s Word, ground that was willing to be used, to become fruitful.

Matthew 13:8  But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Matthew 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The key word in (v 23) is “…understandeth…” which would allow a person to believe the seed [or person] heard the Gospel and understood.                So what is Christianity?  My definition based on a few verses is: “A person who willingly listened to the Gospel, and understood, then through their personal conviction from the Holy Spirit (belief) accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour with a true heart, with a faith newly acquired, and is willing to change their ways and walk with the Lord.
              This is based on Romans 10:17; John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Hebrews 10:22 and Romans 12:1-2.  A few more verses could be added.
              However, to be “Fair and Balanced” we also must see what a Christian is not.  A person, who was baptized as an infant without prior knowledge, or one who claims Christianity through his baptism, or one who has done good works in Jesus’ name, or one who has joined all the churches in town without a personal conviction by the Holy Spirit, and has never accepted Jesus as their Saviour is not a Christian.  This definition is based on the same verses of Scripture as noted above, also in addition Ephesians 2:8-9.
              This parable of “The Sower” defines the realm of “Christianity.”  All the seed [people] called themselves Christian at one time or another, yet only one seed out of four took hold.
              There is clearly a defined Christian, and he should be seen by his works.  We are allowed to judge in relation to out works.  So long as we make sure I judge myself first.
              As a seed did you land on the plowed good earth, the earth that was plowed by hearing the Word of God, and prepared for growth from the Holy Spirit.  Or did you land elsewhere?  Do you know Him?  If you died today, would heaven be your hom

5/26 Fundamental Thoughts - Sermons

God Is
Psalm 46:1-11

Introduction:       This psalm is a psalm of deliverance and a rejoicing psalm.  It allows us a little reflection with God.  He reminds us to be still, be quiet and listen as He asked Elijah.  (I Kings 19:9-13)  God isn’t in the loud and profane, He is in the quiet and the humble.  This psalm is about the coming Millennium when we all come back to earth for that thousand years, so let us see what is in this psalm for us today.

I.            GOD IS SECURITY                       (vv 1-3)
              A.           All Else Is Insecure

Psalm 62:7           In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

1.               God is
a.               My Salvation
b.               My glory
c.               The rock of my strength
d.               My refuge
2.           He is everything

Jeremiah 3:23      Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.
3.           In vain they hope
a.               From the hills
b.               From the mountains
4.           Only in God is Salvation

II.           GOD IS PROTECTION                (vv 4-7)
A.              Assurance                                                       (v 4)
1.           Holy Place                         (Heaven)

John 10:28-30     And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.   30I and my Father are one.

1 Thessalonians 1:5            For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

              a.           Of The Most High            (v 4)
              b.           The City of God

B.              Comfort                                                          (v 5)

Isaiah 12:1            And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Isaiah 66:13         As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

1.               God is in the midst
2.               He shall not be moved
a.           I shall not be moved

Psalm 21:7            For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.

C.              He is our refuge                              (v 7)

Psalm 27:5           For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 61:3-4        For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.                  Selah

III.         GOD’S WORKS                             (vv 8-11)
A.              Submit To His Authority                 (v 8)
1.               Behold His works
2.               The desolations

Psalm 8:3-4a             When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? …

Ecclesiastes 3:11    He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

B.           He Makes Wars to Cease                             (v 9)

Isaiah 2:4             And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

1.               He breaks the bow
2.               He cuts the spear in two
3.               He burns the chariot

Isaiah 9:6-7          For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

C.           Be Still and Know                                          (v 10)

Job 37:14              Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

Isaiah 32:17          And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

1.               He is God
2.               He will be exalted among the heathen
3.               He will be exalted in the earth.

Isaiah 12:4           And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

D.           God Is With Us                                (v 11)

Deuteronomy 23:14           For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

Conclusion:         Consider God’s works, Our Security; Our protection; our Salvation.

Isaiah 12:2           Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

              God is my Salvation

Habakkuk 3:18    Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

              I will trust Him

1 Timothy 4:10     For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

              God is my Strength

Psalm 28:7           The LORD is my strength ...

              God is my song

Psalm 28:7           The LORD is … my song will I praise him.

              God is my Salvation

Isaiah 25:9           And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Who is your Security

                                           Your Protection
                                                                        Your Refuge