Jesus grew up and live in a primarily agricultural society.
Agriculture is all about fruit bearing and hence the parable of the sower is a great way to illustrate the concept of spiritual fruitfulness.
We must persevere in bearing fruit because
> Fellowship with Christ is integral to bearing fruit.
> Struggles, hardships, BUT abundant grace and joy, are a necessary part.
> Perseverance in faith is central to redemption and fruitfulness.
The Seed is the Word of God).
The Sower (of the Word of God) is an evangelist, Jesus being the original sower (John 1:1).
The Soils are various conditions of the human heart.
> Only the good soil can help the seed to produce fruit.
> All the other soils (hard-packed, shallow & weedy) cannot help produce fruit at all.
All of us fall into one of these types of soil (state of heart) at any given point in time, and can fall into different states of heart over time.
Hence, we need to learn from the parable:
Good soil and miraculous harvest
The Holy Spirit is our daily mentor as we seek to grow in fruit bearing.
The purpose of the parable is to prepare for the Great Commission.
Key Point in the Parable: the kingdom of God is realized by proclamation of the Gospel (sowing) accompanied by discipleship (teaching and mentoring) in the presence of Christ (by the Holy Spirit).
Keys to fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus:
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