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Good Listening

Good Listening (Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23) preached on 15 July 2018 at 10:30 by Alastair Bolt
Sermon 7 in the series Parables of the Kingdom

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Matthew 13:1–9 (Listen)

The Parable of the Sower

13:1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

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Matthew 13:18–23 (Listen)

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

(ESV)

Sermons in the Series Parables of the Kingdom

1 The Great Feast
2 The Mustard Tree
3 The Workers in the Vineyard
4 Working in the Vineyard
5 Wheat and Weeds
6 God Deploys Power To Create Parties
7 Good Listening
8 People of Zest, Purity and the Long View
9 Chosen for Gainful Employment
10 Smallness and Glorified Bigness
11 Rock or Sand?
12 Scattering, Leaving and Being Ready
13 Take Great Risks With Open Eyes
14 Abide in Me
15 Let Your Light Shine
16 Coming Home
17 Saying Yes and Being Yes
18 Edginess and Astuteness

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