Mark 4:1-20 The FarmVille of Your Soul
INTRODUCTION – FarmVille
This is the Farmville parable in Jesus’ time. Just like Farmville, you have to plant seeds and then watch them grow and then harvest them. What Jesus talks about in His parable is the types of soil in which the seed will grow.
Here are the four soils Jesus describes and then His definition:
|Type||Non-Believer||Believer but non-confessor||Believer, confessor, but not disciple||Believer, Confessor, Disciple, and Evangelist|
|Example||The Many||Joseph of Arimathea||Simon the Sorcerer||Peter|
|Reaction||Diverted||Disappointed||Distracted||Developed and Diligent|
|Result||no change||no depth||no growth||complete|
KEY: Some people receive the gospel better than others.
What is Jesus’ point? There are levels of receptivity to the Gospel. Some will hear it and get diverted by. Some will hear it and get disappointed. Some will hear it and get distracted. Some will hear and it and get developed by it. Some of the ones who hear it, get developed by it, will be fruitful. By fruitful, I mean that they will multiply themselves. These last people will be believers, confessors, disciple-makers, and evangelists. These are the people who grow on good soil.
We can also use a variety of planting methods. Different seasons require different types of seeds, as well as forms of planting. There are different environments in which the seeds will grow. The kind of soil makes all the difference.
|Early Spring||God’s Plant for Sharing|
|Late Spring||ALPHA Course|
|Summer||Vacation Bible School|
|Early Winter||Special Emphasis|
|Late Winter||Personal Outreach|
What are we looking for in results? new disciples
Type of soil Jesus did not talk about? transplants
Point: Bloom where you are planted.