Tag: Parable

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Sower

A photo of two sticks of White Wheat.

Introduction

I am fully aware that I have preached to you from the Parable of the Sower before but wanted to share the same today for a very good reason. As your Pastor, I am responsible for your personal spiritual growth. You know, sometimes we get complacent in our Christian walk which hinders our spiritual growth. When that happens I have to stir your nest and remind you to start moving forward again. So, I am going to stir your nest tonight. Now, as I told you the last time I preached from this passage, Jesus spoke about four different groups of people that are in the Church.

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Sower

Photo of a Sunset and a Field of Grain

Introduction

In Sri Lanka where I was born and raised the people living in the Northern, Eastern, and Southern provinces grow Rice for a livelihood. Rice is in great demand in the local market because it is our main diet. To grow Rice you must sow the seeds called Paddy. The sowing is carried out by professional Sowers. Hence the Sower is a common sight in my country. This reminds me of the Parable of the Sower.

There are 46 Parables in the New Testament. The Parable of the Sower is one of the few parables that appear in all three Synoptic Gospels. Let’s consider the narration in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 8. We will read from verses 1 to 15.

Sermon Notes: The Parable of the Rich Fool

A person holding a cover labeled "Stock Market"

Introduction

A certain ungodly tavern-keeper who liked music decided to attend one of John Wesley’s meetings to hear the singing. He had resolved, however, not to listen to the sermon. He sat with his head down and fingers in his ears. But when God wants to speak to a man’s soul, He has His ways.

A Fly flew on the man’s nose and when he attempted to drive it away, he heard nine words that changed his life. He heard Mr. Wesley say, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” From that moment he had no rest in his soul. He returned the next night, listened intently, and was converted.

Sermon: The Parable of the Rich Fool

Closeup photo of a red color “Piggy Bank” on a green background.

Introduction

In the controversial TV series “The Good Wife”, Wendy Carr promises to financially back Pastor Isaiah’s church in return for his endorsement. Later Pastor Isaiah tells his father that he endorsed Peter Florrick, Wendy’s rival candidate instead because unlike her, Peter didn’t put money before God.

Sermon: The Parable of the Empty House

A photo of a white, concrete house, near the bear tree under a blue sky during daytime.

Introduction

While doing research for today’s sermon I came across an illustration that describes a house that sat empty because its owner lived in a houseboat. He didn’t maintain his old residence at all. So the bushes and trees grew up around it in a fast phase. Everybody in the neighborhood knew the house was unoccupied and very soon it became a hangout for drug addicts, vandals, and prostitutes who broke into the house.

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