The Parable Of The Seeds
31 OCT / 01 NOV 2020 | PRAYER & PRAISE SERVICES
Rev Edmund de Souza
Scripture Passage: Mark 4:26-29 (NIV)
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Summary | Are you concerned whether your efforts at reaching out to your family or friends in leading them to salvation or your sharing of acts of kindness, is getting through and bearing fruit? We believe that as we share the good news in a time of bad news, our labour is not in vain and the grace of God will be poured out for many.
The main points of this sermon are:
I. God is at work
The Kingdom of God will spread. The farmer, after scattering his seeds, does not need to see if anything is growing. Scripture tells us even when he is not doing anything, the seeds germinate, sprout and grow. He does not know how it is happening, but it eventually ripens, and he harvests his crops. As we engage in sowing God’s seeds, God is also at work causing the seed to germinate, grow, and one day there will be a harvest.
On a global level, God is at work extending His Kingdom and nothing can stop it. Despite attempts to destroy the church, it keeps growing and spreading. On the personal level, as we share the gospel, God is working in the hearts of the listeners, convicting them to turn Godward. Mark 4:27 tells us that God is at work behind the scenes and our labour is not in vain, even if it takes time.
II. The Devil is at work
The Devil discourages us from sharing the good news and keeps others from responding positively. He does not want to see the Kingdom of God spread. Mark 4:14-15 tells us when the seed is sown, the Devil comes and snatches the Word that is sown so some hear the Word but will not understand and believe. This is a spiritual battle. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that the minds of unbelievers have been blinded. They cannot see the light of the gospel and the glory of Christ. The Devil misleads people to be focused on riches, power and pleasures so that they are not open to God.
As we seek to share the good news, the powers of darkness are working to hinder our efforts and make us afraid. The unbelievers are distracted and resistant; they do not want to accept Jesus. What can we do? We need God beside us to convict their hearts and turn their lives to Jesus.
III. We need to pray
As we seek to see our loved ones come to know the Lord and experience the grace of God, God is at work, but so too the Devil. We need to fervently pray that the Holy Spirit will work to convict them to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Paul asked the believers in Ephesians 6:18 to pray on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and to keep on praying. Prayer is important for the Christian Life so that we may experience a spiritual power at work in our lives. We need to pray and ask God to give us wisdom to know what to say. Pray that as we share with boldness, the words that we share will speak to our loved ones and be sown into their hearts. It is only the Holy Spirit that can bring conviction and let them know that they need Jesus. There are times when it looks like they are not responsive but keep praying because the Holy Spirit is at work and one day, we will reap the harvest and see them come to know Jesus.
We need to believe that all is not in vain. God will convince our listeners even though the powers of darkness may be working to discourage and pull them away. Keep reaching out, keep connecting and keep praying. God is working and one day we will see our loved ones in the Kingdom of God.
(Sermon Notes by Honey Vreugdewater )
PONDER | REFLECTION QUESTIONS
1. The sermon mentioned that God is at work extending the kingdom of God on this earth and in spite of opposition from the Romans, Communism and extremists the kingdom of God prevailed and continue to spread. Do you agree the kingdom of God is unstoppable? Elaborate.
2. The apostle Paul wrote: 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 … Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Eph 6:19-20).
- Why do you think he made this request?
3. Do you find it easy to share the gospel with those you know? If it is challenging for you, what about it do you find challenging? How do you think you can overcome it?