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Pay Attention to Your Hearing and the Measure You Are Giving - part 2

Pay Attention to Your Hearing and the Measure You Are Giving - part 2

Nov 17, 2019

Passage: Mark 4:1-34

Preacher: Martin Lifer

Series: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Category: Stewardship

Detail:

TODAY’S KEY SERMON & SCRIPTURE NOTES

BIG PICTURE: THE KEY TO EVERYTHING

Jesus says: “Pay Attention to Your _______________ and the _________________ You Are Giving!”

Satan’s kingdom comes by talking and taking (in the power of his half-truths).

The world’s kingdoms and kings come by ______________ and _________________.

The leaders of the world win by ___________________ and ___________________.

The world’s kingdom and power come by shock and awe, tearing up the field.

God’s kingdom comes like a little mustard seed planted in the field.

Who’s IN, and who’s OUT of God’s Kingdom and Heaven to come?

God’s children enter His Kingdom not by speaking our words but by _______________

His Word and know they belong by the measure of their ____________ _________ to the King.

THE KEY TO FAITH (AND GIVING): HOW’S YOUR HEARING?

God’s Kingdom AND Saving Faith come by true __________________.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

TRUE Hearing” ( __________________ to AND _________________) separates those who are IN the Kingdom from those who will never be IN. [Mark 4:11-12] That’s why Jesus keeps saying: “He who has ears TO HEAR, let him HEAR!”

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING: HOW YOU “HEAR” GOD’S WORD AND BEAR FRUIT.

Jesus says understanding the Parable of the Sower, the Seed, and the Good Soil that Yields a Great Return is essential to understanding ALL of his other parables of the Kingdom. [Mark 4:13]

Four “Soils” = Four __________ & Types of “Hearers”:

  1. Hard Heart, the Person Along the Path:

  2. Shallow Person with very quick emotions/Emotional Heart -> Temporary Hearing & “Joy” that will not withstand the Heat:

  3. Divided, Uncommitted, and ultimately Overwhelmed/Stressed Heart/Person:

  4. Heart Open to Receive and Accept the Word, to Hold to It under Heat & Trials,and to Bear & Give Fruit Back – no matter the heat or the schedule & stresses

     

The Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Lamp Hidden Under a Basket or Bed (with the owners trying to hide & keep what they think is “theirs”!) are both ultimately focused on whether People (Soil & Lamp-Owners) Faithfully _____________ and are changed by what has come to them from the King: Are they fruitful?

THE Q: Is There a Return to the Kingdom on what the King Has Given?

The END RESULT of each parable/story is KEY to answering that question, to understanding ALL Jesus’ teaching, AND to understanding who’s IN and who’s NOT IN God’s Kingdom.

So Jesus sums up everything with the Savior’s Two Directives recorded in Mark 4:24: (a) “______________________________ to what you hear!” AND

(b) “With the measure you use (give), it will be __________________________ to you, and still more will be added. For to the one who “has,” more will be given, and from the one who “has not,” even what he has will be taken away.”

i.e. “Pay Attention to Your Hearing and the Measure You Are Giving!”

The END RESULT of our story of our Hearing and our Measure of Giving is KEY to God’s assurance of his children, whom He saves by grace – grace which leads to our faithful hearing and a generous measure of giving and glorifying our Father in Heaven.

IT IS LIKE A GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED.”

Billions of shares in or dreams or words in kingdoms that soon die v. even the tiniest seed or hearing & holding and giving in God’s Eternal Kingdom