The Secret Revealed to You

The Secret Revealed to You (Mark 4: 1-20) preached on 8 February 2015 at 9:30 by Alastair Bolt
Sermon 24 in the series

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Bible Passage

Mark 4:1-20

The Parable of the Sower

4:1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that

“they may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.”

13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

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1 Good News
2 Good News in a Time of Conflict
3 Jesus Calls, We Follow
4 The Author Comes To His People
5 Not Just a Walk-on Part
6 Praying, Attracting, Accepting
7 Change Your Shape
8 Do the Right Thing and See What Happens
9 The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
10 Repentance
11 The God Who Comes
12 Come, Follow Me
13 Amazing Authority
14 Jesus at Home Saves the World
15 As We Are Sent, People Are Drawn
16 All Joined Up
17 Insiders and Outsiders
18 A Banquet with New Wine
19 Yes, We Can
20 Ordinary Life - Extraordinary God
21 Chosen To Be Companions of Jesus
22 Proclaim the Good News and Cast Out Demons
23 Let Jesus Take You in Hand
24 The Secret Revealed to You
25 Let the Light Shine
26 More. Now. How?
27 Jesus Will Make You Safe and Make You Different
28 Light Freedom Instead of Dark Freedom
29 Jesus Delivers on His Promises
30 Reach out and Touch
31 Making Waves
32 Whose Fault?
33 Personal Space in the Midst of Discipleship
34 Not a Rescue but a Revelation

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