The Kingdom | Week 3

The Kingdom | Week 3

The Kingdom | Week 3

Speaker: Jake Baird

 

(Luke 13:18) Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God
like? What shall I compare it to?”

Let God In

(Matt. 13:18-23 TLV) ““Now here is the explanation of the story I
told about the farmer planting grain: 19 The hard path where
some of the seeds fell represents the heart of a person who hears
the Good News about the Kingdom and doesn’t understand it;
then Satan comes and snatches away the seeds from his
heart. 20 The shallow soil represents the heart of a man who
hears the message and receives it with real joy, 21 but he doesn’t
have much depth in his life, and the seeds don’t root very deeply,
and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins
because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops
out. 22 The ground covered with thistles represents a man who
hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for
money choke out God’s Word, and he does less and less for
God. 23 The good ground represents the heart of a man who
listens to the message and understands it and goes out and
brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom.”

The Kingdom is made up of people who discover…
1. Hard Path: Life is better when we are planted.
(Matt. 13:19 TLB) “The hard path where some of the seeds fell represents
the heart of a person who hears the Good News about the Kingdom and
doesn’t understand it; then Satan comes and snatches away the seeds
from his heart.”

✓ Be planted in your local church.
(Psalm 92:12-14 NLT) “The Godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like cedars of Lebanon. The are transplanted in
the Lords own House. The flourish in the courts of God. Even in
old age they still produce fruit and remain vital and green.”

2. Shallow Soil: Life is better with people.
(Matt. 13:20-21 TLB ) “The shallow, rocky soil represents the heart of
a man who hears the message and receives it with real joy, 21 but he
doesn’t have much depth in his life, and the seeds don’t root very deeply,
and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of
his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops out.”

✓ Real life change happens in context of relationships. ✓ Teaching rarely changes us. Relationships always change
us.

3. Thistles: Life is better with purpose.
(Matt. 13:22 TLB) “The ground covered with thistles represents a man
who hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for
money choke out God’s Word, and he does less and less for God.”

✓ The two greatest days of your life are the day you were
born, and the day you discover why you were born.

4. Good Ground: Life is better with passion
(Matt. 13:23 TLB) “The good ground represents the heart of a man who
listens to the message and understands it and goes out and brings
thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom.

✓ The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to live a life
outside of ourselves.

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