"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
-- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Big Idea: If we’ve understood Jesus’ words to us, we respond in faith and repentance.
II. By Parables
A. A parable is a word picture of comparison. Mark 4:1-2
B. This parable determines whether we’ll understand all other parables. Mark 4:3-8
A. People can’t understand God’s Word apart from His grace. Isaiah 6:9-10; Mark 4:9; Romans 9:20-22; 1 Corinthians 2:14
B. Everyone is responsible for understanding Jesus’ words. Mark 4:13
A. Ignorance is not bliss. Mark 4:14-17; Romans 1:20-21
B. Hearing and not responding to the word makes us unfruitful. Mark 4:18-19; John 15:5; Galatians 5:22-23
V. Good Soil
A. Hear the word and accept it. Mark 4:20a
B. God can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. Mark 4:20b; Ephesians 3:20-21
The Next Step Life Group Follow-Up