In case you're just joining us here at Mars Hill and/or on this blog, we're on Week 31 of a nearly three-year long sermon series going through the Gospel of Luke. To give yourself a little context, be sure to check out the Luke's Gospel series preview page where you can watch Pastor Mark's intro video to the series (shot on location in Jerusalem), check out a free study guide, desktop art, Community Group and family discussion question guides, as well as a recommended reading list for further study. Below are the notes to this week's sermon. Dig in and grow.
This week, our sermon comes from MH Lead Pastor JamieMunson, who preached on the Parable of the Sower from Luke 8:4-15. As he told the Albuquerque campus, where he preached in person on June 6, the passage is a very convicting one for him. "This story is about our hearts and how we respond to the Word of God," he says. "The soil is our heart and the heart is the center of our lives. Everything we think, do and believe flows from our heart. Jesus calls us to first respond with our hearts and then with our hands and feet."
Here's how the passage breaks down: A sower goes into the field to sow seed. As he does, the seed falls in four places:
along the path, where it gets trampled on and eaten by birds
on the rocks, where it grows but quickly withers
among thorns, where it grew but is choked
on good soil, where it grew and "yielded a hundredfold"
In the passage, Jesus explains the parable by saying that the seed is the word of God, and people who hear the word are soil. He also says bearing fruit requires "an honest and good heart" and takes patience. Here is what the different types of soil reveal about the possible disposition of our heart:
Hard soil – unresponsive (Luke 8:12) Cf: Staying in sync with the Holy Spirit is challenging, but possible in Him.
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