Out of the Ordinary: Gone To Seed

Out of the Ordinary: Gone To Seed

Luke 8:4-15

This is a pretty familiar parable. Lots of teaching available on it; significant challenge to “come up with something new” when preaching it. But sometimes, I’ve got to let go of the desire to be “innovative” and just look at the facts: Jesus still challenges us to go deeper than the surface. That’s actually the whole POINT of this parable…

What’s Below The Surface?

The Story ~ Luke 8:4-8

.This is where Jesus tells the parable itself. Listen to it again.

The Substance ~ Luke 8:9-15

  • 9/10 how many hear, but don’t LISTEN?
  • 11/12 this seed is good, but not planted
  • 13 this seed is planted, but only surface depth
  • 14 this seed is deep enough, but in competition for resources
  • 15 this seed: planted, rooted, nourished, and maintained to harvest reproduces itself many fold (average corn kernel return is 800%!)

The Significance

All The Seed Is Good (100% germination rate)

CLOSE: The seed doesn’t bear fruit without the soil. The soil doesn’t produce fruit without the seed. What this is describing is the MERGER of the Word and US:

Romans 6:5-7~ 5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

James 1:21~ 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

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