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PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM

 

 

I. TEXTUAL THOUGHTS

††††††††††††††† 1. Matthew 13:3-23, The word of the kingdom compared to sowing seed in

††††††††††††††† ††† different soils.

††††††††††††††† 2. Matthew 13:24-30, Weeds grow in the field along with the sons of the kingdom.

††††††††††††††† 3. Luke 12:22-34, The importance of putting the kingdom of God first.

††††††††††††††† 4. Matthew 13:44-46, The value of the kingdom emphasized.

††††††††††††††† 5. Luke 13:6-9, The importance of bearing fruit demonstrated.

 

 

II. MAIN THEME: Jesus used stories of familiar circumstances to illustrate the kingdom of God.These stories usually demonstrate primary similarities and should not be applied to areas where no comparison is intended.

††††††††††††††† 1. Parables of the kingdom beginning.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a. Man does the sowing, God causes the growth, Mark 4:26-29.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b. The seed is to be sown freely, Matthew 13:3-5.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c. The beginning is small, Mark 4:30-31, 1 Corinthians 1:21.

††††††††††††††† 2. Parables of the kingdom spreading.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a. The influence of the kingdom spreads from person to person,

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Matthew 13:33.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b. Seed sown in a good heart produces fruit, Matthew 13:23.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c. The good works of Christians are like a light, Matthew 5:14-16.

††††††††††††††† 3. Parables about attitudes of members of the kingdom.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a. We should be alert and active, Luke 12:35-48.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b. We should put the kingdom first, Luke 12:22-34.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c. We should recognize the value of the kingdom, Matthew 13:44-46.

††††††††††††††† 4. Parables about membersí responsibility in the kingdom.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a. Jesus will take care of judging sinners, Mathew:13:28-30, 47-50.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b. We must seek the lost, Luke 15:1-32.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c. We must use what God has given us, Luke 19:11-27.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† d. We must bear fruit, Luke13:6-9.

 

 

III. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

††††††††††††††† 1. We should use simple stories to illustrate points as Jesus did. He is our example.

††††††††††††††† ††† in teaching,1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

††††††††††††††† 2. Because the kingdom of God is of more value than any thing, we should give it

††††††††††††††† ††† first place in our lives, Luke 9:23-26, Matthew 13:44, 6:33.

††††††††††††††† 3. Our responsibility is to sow the seed, the word of God, freely, not judging the

††††††††††††††† ††† hearts of men, Matthew 13:4.

††††††††††††††† 4. Leave the responsibility for judging to Jesus, Matthew 13:49-50, John 5:21-23.

 

 

IV. MEMORY VERSE: MATTHEW 13:34.

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