Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
What an awesome Acts 8 weekend! Between all of our services, we saw over 300 people get baptized!
Before all of these baptisms, Cal taught using a very familiar passage from Matthew: the Parable of the Sower. In this parable, a sower scatters seed and it falls on four different types of soil (hard, rocky, thorny/weedy, good). Each of these soils generate a different response: the seed on the hard ground is immediately snatched up by birds. The seed on rocks springs up quickly but withers in the sun because it lacks roots. The seed in thorns takes root but is choked out by the weeds. Finally, the seed on good soil takes root and produces a huge return.
This parable gets deep fast once you understand that every one of us fits into one of the four “soils.” You see, every soil represents the condition of our hearts.
The first soil, hard ground, represents a person with a hard heart. This person doesn’t perceive or understand Jesus’ message. What a person with a hard heart needs is to be plowed – sometimes the only thing that will get him/her to turn to God is a tragic event that breaks up their hard heart.
The second soil, rocky ground, represents a person who is on fire for Jesus – until trouble comes, then they’re quick to disappear. Their problem is superficiality, and what they need is roots – growth on the inside that reflects how they appear on the outside.
The third soil, thorny ground, represents a person too concerned with the world. It’s not that they aren’t interested in God, it’s just that there are so many other things they’re interested in also. This person is not focused on God, and what they need to do is pull some weeds – they need to prioritize their life and get rid of the stuff that doesn’t matter.
Finally, the good ground is simply a person who responds to God’s call and produces huge returns – huge dividends – for the Kingdom.
So which soil are you in? Are you open to God?
Verses and quotes from the message:
Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 13:3-9; Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 8:17-18; Romans 6:3-4; John 12:23-26
Big Idea: As it goes with your heart, it goes with you.
Marvelous – Casey Darnell
Cornerstone – Hillsong Music
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
Let it be Known – Tim Hughes
The Time has Come – Hillsong Music
Alive – Hillsong Music
Only King Forever – Elevation Worship