Parable Of The Sower

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<ol><li> 1. <ul><li> Parable of the Sower - Mark 4:1-20 </li></ul><ul><li>But first, what exactly is a parable?</li></ul><ul><li>The Greek word literally means a throwing or placing things along side of each other, for the purpose of comparison. (Para - beside, Ballo - to throw) </li></ul><ul><li>The parable is a story or an illustration placed along side of a truth with the intention of explaining the one by the other.</li></ul><ul><li>An old definition says a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning--some familiar thing of life on earth is placed alongside of some mystery of heaven, in order that our understanding of the one may help us understand the other. </li></ul></li><li> 2. <ul><li>Three things to keep in mind when studying a parable </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Spirit must give revelation in order that we interpret in proper manner. </li></ul><ul><li>A parable is not a record of a historic event, but it must be true to life. </li></ul><ul><li>Each parable has a main or a central point </li></ul><ul><li>How did we get here?</li></ul><ul><li>Quick review of the 4 primary obstacles to Bible study </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Priority </li></ul><ul><li>Tooks and Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Maturity </li></ul></li><li> 3. <ul><li>Solutions to these problems according to the Bible: </li></ul><ul><li>The Heart (Preparation) </li></ul><ul><li>The Head (Explanation) </li></ul><ul><li>The Feet (Application) </li></ul><ul><li>What did we learn from Luke 24:13-35? </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Situation </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Problem </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Solution </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Results </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li>A more detailed look at the problem of the heart </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 13:1-23, and Luke 8:4-15</li></ul></li></ul></li><li> 4. <ul><li>Look at the context and map of region </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Mark 3:7-8 - big crowds from Galilee, Judea, beyond the Jordan, Idumea, Tyre and Sydon </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Mark 3:16 - the disciples </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Mark 3:21 - extended family </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Mark 3:22 - scribes from Jerusalem </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Mark 3:31 - mother and brothers </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Assembled crowd maybe between 7,000-10,000 </li></ul></li></ul></li></ol>


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