By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 31, 2014


  • Matthew 13:1-23
  • Parable: reveals truth, making people understand the unknown by what is known
  • The four kinds of soil
    • The wayside soil
    • The rocky soil
    • The thorny soil
    • The good soil
  • Bible examples of each kind of soil
    • Wayside soil – Felix – Acts 24:24-26
    • Stony soil – Hebrew Christians – Hebrews 10:25
    • Thorny soil – Rich young ruler – Matthew 19:22
    • Good soil – Paul (his life) – Acts 9:3-19
  • Present day examples
    • Wayside – one who hears but pays no attention to the word.
    • Stony – one who hears and receives the word, but lets external things such as persecution or pressure hinder him and cause him to fall.
    • Thorny – one who hears and receives the word, but lets internal things such as money, position, prestige, pleasure, or sexual lust come between him and God.
    • Good – one who hears and receives the word and does not allow anything to keep him from faithfully serving God.
  • The real lesson of the parable
    • Take heed what you hear (Mark 4:24)
      • The information must be right.
    • Take heed how you hear (Luke 8:18)
      • The attitude must be right.


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