Monday, January 5, 2015

Scripture Snippets Thessalonians and the Parable of the Sower

I have always been one to take notes during the sermon. I am blessed to sit under a very scholarly, Biblically minded shepherd at our church and I love to glean insight in the scripture when he preaches.
I figure why not share what I am learning, the snippets if you will, from my note taking on Sunday morning. Perhaps they will speak to your heart as they do mine..
I wanted to keep the meme open to any scripture that jumps out at me, not just from sermons specifically, thus the title Scripture Snippets.

My husband has been so gracious to care for the baby during church so that I an use my Bible, look up the scriptures and take notes. It is so refreshing to my soul.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 finds Paul writing to the church of the Thessalonians
"For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe".

Your life is defined by how you view God's word. Is it just an option, a suggestion, an after thought for you? Or is it the truth?
This verse in Thessalonians shows that they took the word of God as truth, that they heard it and believed. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Faith isn't just a mental understanding, it is a verb. Verbs show action, and faith needs to be more than just a mental check point.

Scripture is the only truth. There are facts in the world, that are often times changing. Facts fill our lives daily, but they are constantly changing. The only thing that will never change is the Word of God- truth.

Mark 4:3 begins the story of the Sower, a familiar passage in scripture where the seed is sown on 4 different types of ground. The seed, being the Word of God ~ Truth
1) When the seed falls by the wayside, Satan takes away the Word before it even lands on the ground.
2) Some fell on the stony ground, where there was no depth and the Word is not able to be defended and the person falls away
3) Falling on the thorns, the cares of the world choke the Word. Other things in life become more important than the Word of God.
4) Good ground is where the Thessalonians were. They heard the Word of God and made themselves available to Him, allowing them to bear fruit.

Which will you be? I believe I am on good ground. I desire to make myself more available to God so that the fruit I bear can increase " thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred" (Mark 4:8)

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