How open are you to learning the lessons God's wants to teach you?

Matthew 13:10-17
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

1. Spiritual truth challenges my willingness to learn it!

Matthew 13:10
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

2. Spiritual truths are spiritually discerned

Matthew 13:11
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

Matthew 16:5-12
When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

3. Spiritual truth call me to respond to it

Matthew 13:12
Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

4. Spiritual truth reveals what is already in my heart

Matthew 13:13-17
This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Lessons to learn

1. Ask the Lord to teach you (Psalm 119:33,34)
2. Become better informed (Psalm 1:2,3)
3. Become a seeker of truth (Acts 17.11)
4. Test what you are learning (1 John 4.1)

Looking for Opportunity to Sow Seed

May 02, 2021

Preacher: Pierre Eade

Series: Awaken

Category: Sunday Services

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Looking for Opportunity to Sow Seed

Matthew 13:31-32
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

1. God Works Through Ordinary People

Acts 4:13
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

God is not as concerned with our past performance as much as our present willingness.

How would you rate your present level of willingness (1 to 10)?

2. God's Kingdom Starts Small - "it is the smallest of all seeds"

TEN EASY WAYS TO SOW SEEDS

1. Share the Word of God
2. Give word of encouragement
3. Give word of counsel
4. Do an act of service
5. Share a monetary gift
6. Listen to someone
7. Spending quality time
8. Prayer for someone
9. Sharing a meal
10. Send a card in the mail

How can you sow a seed into someone else's life this week?

3. God's Kingdom Grows Exponentially

The seed eventually becomes a tree - giving life to others

Genesis 12:1-3
The Lord told Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, your family home, and travel to the country I'm going to show you. I will make you the ancestor of a great nation and I will bless you. I will make sure you have a great reputation and that you are a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who curse you. Everyone on earth will be blessed through you.”

Matthew 1:1
This is the list of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, who was a descendant of Abraham.

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)

Who do you need to thank for sowing good seed into your life?

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