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The Soil of Your Heart (Luke 8.1 15)
 

The Soil of Your Heart (Luke 8.1 15)

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Only the grace-tilled heart that is open to the Good News of Jesus Christ will produce a lasting harvest both in this life and for eternity. ...

Only the grace-tilled heart that is open to the Good News of Jesus Christ will produce a lasting harvest both in this life and for eternity.

The message was given on January 19, 2014 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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    The Soil of Your Heart (Luke 8.1 15) The Soil of Your Heart (Luke 8.1 15) Presentation Transcript

    • The Soil of Your Heart ~ Luke 8:1-15
    • God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Today’s Scripture: Luke 8:1-15 Found on page 864 in our guest Bibles.
    • “The Sower” (1888) Vincent Van Gogh image: ILRI
    • “Vincent van Gogh’s Sower with Setting Sun changed my life. Although I had been surrounded by art and architecture of great significance all of my life, I did not have the eyes to really see the art. I don’t know why this painting presented itself in a new way.
    • “…However, when I encountered Sower with Setting Sun… I understood it as something more than a picture…. I knew the parable of the sower. I knew I was the soil…. I understood that Vincent was challenging me to open myself to it, to let the work take root in me.” ~ Dr. James Romaine
    • RI The Soil of Your Heart ~ Luke 8:1-15 image: Mathias
    • Be on the lookout for... 1 …the different soils of the human heart 2 …what this parable reveals about you
    • Luke 8:1 Soon afterward he went on through the cities and villages, preaching and bringing good news of the kingdom of God….
    • “The Lord will be king over the whole earth.” ~ Zechariah 14.9
    • Luke 8:2-3 And the Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s
    • Luke 8:2-3 …household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means….
    • Luke 8:4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable….
    • Luke 8:5-6 A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away,
    • Luke 8:6-8 …because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil, and grew and yielded a hundred fold….
    • image: James Wheeler / Phyllis Harris / Les Chatfield / — Tico — “…the path…” “…the rock…” “…among thorns…” “…good soil…”
    • Luke 8:6-8 And as he was saying these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear….”
    • Luke 8:9-10 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables,
    • Luke 8:9-10 …so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not hear….’
    • ~ Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’”
    • The same sun that hardens clay… …melts wax. image: Jalal Hameed Bhatti
    • Luke 8:11-12 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God….
    • Luke 8:11-12 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard….
    • Luke 8:11-12 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 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….
    • “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ….” ~ The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:4
    • Luke 8:13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when the hear the word receive it with joy. But they have no root; they believe for a while, and in times of testing fall away….
    • “…those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn’t go very deep. It’s only another fad, and the moment there’s trouble, it’s gone.”
    • Luke 8:14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked out by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature…
    • “ ‘The pleasures of this life…’—these are not evil in themselves. These are not vices. These are gifts of God. They are your basic meat and potatoes and coffee and gardening and reading and decorating and traveling and investing and TV-watching and Internet-surfing and shopping and exercising and collecting and talking. And all of them can become deadly substitutes for God. ~ John Piper, A Hunger for God
    • Luke 8:15 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….
    • “…you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding ! word of God….And this word is the ! good news that was preached to you.” ~ The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:23, 25
    • Important Question Why does Luke include this teaching of Jesus in his historical biography?
    • Only the grace-tilled heart that is open to the Good News of Jesus Christ will produce a lasting harvest both in this life and for eternity.
    • 1 Ask Jesus for a good heart. image: Josh Kenzer
    • 2 Cultivate the soil of your heart image: mystuart
    • “ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words, but do not put them into practice. ~ Ezekiel 33:31-32 ”
    • Conclusion
    • flickr images courtesy of: ILRI: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/5240469654/ Phyllis Harris: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baine/699788014/ Les Chatfield: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/93650804/ James Wheeler: http://www.flickr.com/photos/james_wheeler/9035674677/ Mathias: http://www.flickr.com/photos/afroboof/3591077177/ —Tico—: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tico_bassie/120810354/ Jalal Hameed Bhatti: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jalalspages/711161806/ Josh Kenzer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shoot-art/4329432316/ mystuart: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melystu/5004414541/