9/25/2006 7:13 AM
Title: SEED PLANTING
S: Luke 8:11-15 NIV “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. (12) Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. (13) Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. (14) The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. (15) But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
O: Some people accept the word of God. Some people don’t. Some people want to, but the cares of life take it away from them. Some people don’t have good soil to plant the seeds in. Others do have good soil.
The job of the farmer is to plant everywhere and harvest what he can.
A: It’s interesting to read this at this time – right in the middle of the this reaping series with Byron Corbett. Our numbers are down right now. We only had 70 people on Saturday evening and 80 last night (Sunday). But we had 50 adults at church this week and we had 33 decisions about the Sabbath last night, plus 30 decisions for baptism.
I know enough, and have been around enough that some of those won’t come through, but it’s a great start.
But in this season of the church, this parable is exactly what is going on. Some of the seed is falling on a hard path – people who really don’t absorb the message at all. Other seed has fallen on the rocky ground – people who want it, but the thorns and thistles of life have overtaken them. This is always sad to see. But there is some falling on fertile ground. There are a number of people who are really listening and really coming along. This is always exciting.
P: Lord, I commit this seminar to you. I’m leaving in a week and it’s hard to think about leaving at the end of the series. But at the same time, it’s really good to think that things are being handled exceptionally well. It’s really good to see that things are going along and people are coming along.
Lord, I commit the people to you. I ask you send the devil away from anyone that the cares of life may be trying to overtake right now. I ask that you take the people and hold them close, Lord. I pray you will fill them and fill Byron with the Holy Spirit to guide them and to lift them. I pray, Lord, for the Holy Spirit to fill them with your power.