Sermon Notes 2020 05 31 AM

May 31, 2020 AM

Dr. Michael Catt - 1966
#4 in series

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SERVANT KING: The Power of Parables
Mark 4:1-25

“The parable shows us what kind of God we must believe in and what kind of persons we must be.” – T. W. Manson

“A boat became His pulpit, the realm of nature His cathedral, and the blue sky the roof of the God-made auditorium.” – Ivor Powell

I. THE PURPOSE OF PARABLES

3 characteristics of a parable:

1) A picture that gets our attention

2) A mirror where we see ourselves

3) A window through which we see truth

II. THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER, THE SEED, AND THE SOIL

A parable is a short story that illustrates a great truth. It is a vocal image you can easily remember. Mark records these words, and we get to listen in with the disciples. These are truths that cannot be discerned in secular studies.

What’s choking out the Word in your heart?

III. THE PARABLES AND THE DISCIPLES

IV. THE POINT TO BE MADE

“This story teaches the inclusiveness of the rule of God, since the ‘birds of the air’ are symbols in the Old Testament for the Gentiles. The Kingdom begins small but grows because it is God’s kingdom; and the tree, planted on Jewish soil, will soon spread out its branches to give shelter and hospitality to the ‘nations’ beyond the borders of the Jewish people.” – Ralph Martin