Listen & See

STEVE McKENZIE   -  

February 21, 2021

Mark 4:1-34

FAMILY, FRIENDS, & FOES
  • Mark 4:1
  • Jesus called some of those who followed him family, while others were bystanders and the religious leaders rejected him and planned his destruction.
PARABLES
  • Mark 4:2, 10-12
  • A parable is a story that carries one central message.
  • Jesus spoke in parables so that those who are leaning in toward him would understand, while those whose heart was set against him would not be able to understand.

PAY ATTENTION

  • Mark 4:21-25

LISTEN & SEE

  • Mark 4:3-9, 13-34
  • Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-9)
    • Be careful the posture of your heart and how you receive God’s Word
  • Pay Attention (Mark 4:21-25)
    • You need spiritual ears and eyes to understand God’s Word.
  • Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)
    • God causes his word to produce in your heart.
  • Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mark 4:30-34)
    • God’s work may appear small but God’s harvest surpasses your imagination.

APPLICATION

  • What is the posture of your heart toward God? What is your desired heart posture?
    • Indifferent, Bent to Comfort & Ease, Bent with distraction, or Tender and Receptive toward God?
  • Are you listening & seeing with physical ears/eyes or with spiritual ears/eyes?
    • Are you prayerfully depending on God or are you focused on the activity of yourself or others?
    • Are you despising and minimizing small beginnings, small glimpses of transformation you see in yourself or the church?

 

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