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PARABLE OF THE SOWER

READING LUKE 8V4-15.

Jesus went down to the lake and got into a boat sat down, whiles the people stood on the shore edge. then Jesus started to the story of the sower.

The farmer being Jesus' sowed some seeds which are the word of God.know there are Four Types of soil, each represents Four Type of people.

1)Some seeds fell on Hard ground, this is someone with a heart that is hard, who is full of sin that hears the words but does not accept it, because Satan is able to keep them from growing.

2) Some seeds fell on Stoney ground, this type of person shows interest and awareness in the words, yet their heart is not fully converted so that when trouble comes there way there faith is not strong enough to stand form.

3)Some seeds fell on Thorny ground, this type of person who receives the word but they have many other idols, which distractions in their life which takes over there minds and heart, stay that can not grow in the truth of God's words.

4) Some seeds fell on good ground, they heard and received the word of God, and are allowed it to grow within there life, so they are able to go on and sow more seeds, that can multiply for the good of God.

Jesus spoke this parable of the sower, to teach us how important to our state of hearts is to receiving the words, and our salvation is provided by our choices and actions after hearing the words of Jesus.

RELATIONSHIP

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:5-13.  

In his speech at his inauguration John F Kennedy said " Do not ask what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country".

I will paraphrase what he said, do not ask God what He can do for you, bit what can you do for God.

The first thing we need to do is to look at our relationship with our God. How open are we to the influence from the Holy Spirit in our lives. Who influences when we read God,s word, and how big is our god?

God uses multiple ways to inform us of His intentions  through the bible, through other people,s writings, through the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit.

But how do you and I look at God? What I mean is, do we see Him as only as big as a man? We read Jesus doing all the miracles as the son of man, we read about the apostles having the Holy Spirit working through them doing miracles. We thing of the miracles from God, but do we really thing of the power behind them. 

Let's look at a few, let's start at Pentecost, why is it that we have little success reaching people, in Acts 2 :4. Speaking in tongues-3,000 baptised. 

Matt 1: 18. The birth of Jesus, no mean feat! Then we read that at Jesus baptism He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wildeness for forty days. When Jesus started His ministry He was led by the Spirit, there was no man made formulas that guaranteed success. That is becouse there is not much success in man formulas.

Let us carry on to 1 Kings 18. Elijah and the incident at Mount Carmel. Elijah laughing at all the other prophets of Baal,then God showing His power.

Joshua 6: 5 The walls of Jericho. Again God show His power to the people who was not of His children.

Let,s look at Exodus and Moses with the children of Israel in Egypt.

There were 10 plagus on the Egyptians. Then all God did for them in the wilderness. Food, drink,protection.

Gen 19 : 24. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah completely obliterated. God again showing His power.

Gen 7: 17. We have one of the most devastating events of all time. The FOOD.

In Gen1. We read of the most powerful person we will ever Know.

IN THE BEGINING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE FARTH.

Jesus said "if you who are evil Know how to give good gifts, how much more your heavenly Farther will give the Holy Spirit".

if we are in the right spiritual walk with our God then we, through the Holy Spirit can achieve wonders, literally wonders. 

Jesus said in John15:5 " I am the vine you are the branches. He who abids in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

E.G. White in the book called The Ministry of Healing put it this way "There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, putting self aside, makes room for the woring of the Holy Spirit upon thr heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God",- Page 159.

One Body, Many Parts.

This sermon is based on a sermon by John. A. Huffman, Jr. Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31. I would like to start with a parable. A group of animals, deciding to started a school which includes swimming, running, climbing and flying. First: If I am a duck, swimming would come naturally, although I may like to learn how to climb or run. I would be a fool if I neglected my swimming ability. Second: If I am a rabbit for whom running comes naturally, I may like to take flying, climbing, or swimming lessons. I must not forget my running. Third: As a squirrel who knows how to climb best, swimming, flying are not my natural thing as I am not gifted in them. Fourth: If I am an eagle, how pathetic would it be to have my wings clipped by my desire to, climb, run, or swim, when I am able to soar high into the sky? This parable circulated for many years in the educational circle as a reminder that people are all different. Some of us go through life, trying to break through into success, in areas in which we simply not gifted. Others exploit our gifts to the neglect of those who really need it most. Even as the animal kingdom demonstrates the unique God given gift to each animal, we see that the church is made up of people with unique gifts. Each one of us have been given a Spiritual gift which makes us one in the body, so we are not alone, we can help one another to grow individually and together. That is why we are one part in a whole body. To be able to do this we need to discover what our gift is, then we can come together as one church body. Another way of saying this is, we are not the same, but each of us is important to the health of the whole (Church). So it is with Christ, for in the one spirit we are all baptized, we are all made to drink of one spirit. So we can say that you and I who have Christ in us as our savour have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We are baptised into one body. Do all with unity, which function together with one another and which ministers to the whole. God makes no carbon copies, He only specialises in originals, and you are an original person. We cannot all be a foot, or an eye, or any one part of the body. God arranged the members of the body, each one of them as He as chosen. He knew if we were all one part, where would the body be!! The scriptures talk about the members who are weaker, which are less honourable, and the unpresentable parts with greater modesty. The Lord as done this, so that we can have the same care for one another. If one suffers all suffers, and if one member is honoured, all members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12: 27-31. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. In the church God has appointed first apostles, prophets, teachers, then workers of miracles, gifts of healing, and gifts of administration. Do we all have these gifts? Yes as a church! Let me ask you some very frank questions! Are you a follower of Jesus? Do you call yourself a Christian? If so, are you a person trying to earn salvation. Or are you a person who as accepted salvation as a free gift? .