Earthly Stories, Heavenly Purposes (Luke 8:1-21)
Part of the Discipleship 101 - Personal Lessons From Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Luke 8:1–21 (Listen)
8:1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
16 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21 But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Discipleship 101 - Personal Lessons From Jesus
Earthly Stories, Heavenly Purposes
Do you realize the significance of the kingdom of God?
How often do you sow or shine?
"…he who has ears to hear, let him hear." vs. 8d
"And He said, to you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the restate is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand." vs. 10
"But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance." vs. 15
"For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be know and come to light." vs. 17
I. Foundation of every great story - vs. 1-3
A. Centering our lives in the kingdom
B. Supporting the kingdom with our treasures
II. Choosing the right place to sow - vs. 4-8
*Every choice has eternal consequence and purpose
III. Recognizing the need to sow on good soil - vs. 9-15
A. Roadside risks
B. Rocky soil
C. Thorns and bushes
D. Good soil
1. Honest and good heart
2. Holds fast
IV. Shining your light for impact - vs.16-21
*Learn to listen and seek what matters-His Word and our actions
Do you choose to sow and shine for Jesus?