The Chairs (1 of 4) by Roger Thomas

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The Chairs (1 of 4)
Season of Growth
Roger Thomas
Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Introduction: This is a season for growth in more ways than one. My garden, such as it is, is in its prime time right now. Peas are forming. Tomatoes will be ready in a few weeks. But most of all (and you should take this is a warning), I just harvested my first zucchini—with many, many more to come! With some watering and a lot of Miracle Grow I should see some real growth in my garden during July.

This is prime time for the farmers as well. By now almost everything that can be done has been done. Now you wait. July heat and a few well-timed rains will hopefully catch the corn tasseling and beans blooming at just the right time. What happens in these next few weeks will go along way toward determining the harvest this fall. This is the season for growing things!

What is true of my garden and the farmer's field is also true of your faith. Sometimes we talk like summer is a time to take a vacation from spiritual things. This is when a lot of folk get out of the habit of doing the things that grow the soul and prosper their walk with God. I want to take a contrarian view. I suggest that this is a good to time grow your faith. This can be a time for sinking your roots deeper into the things of the soul. To that end I want to address the theme of personal spiritual growth during the month of July. I want to make this a season of growth.

Each of the four sermons this month will be based on the same text—Jesus' familiar Parable of the Sower and the Seed. Each Sunday we will read the same text and examine its teachings from a different perspective. Each message will provide an opportunity for you to individually consider how your faith is growing and what kind of harvest it promises to bring to your life.

Today I want to overview and illustrate the theme of Spiritual Growth with these five chairs. I want to use these chairs in much the same way that Jesus use ...

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