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Taring Up A Church! (2 of 9)
Series: The "Parables"
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
INTRO: There are many reasons people join churches:
a. The social thing to do
b. Curiosity about religion
c. Their friends go
d. They like to sing
e. To keep their family happy
f. To express worship to God
g. For fellowship
h. Don't like to be a home on Sundays
i. To find out what's going on in town etc.
j. They might even like the Pastor!
Now stop and think; why do you go to church?
ILLUS: Emerson Colaw tells about doing some work with his church's nonresident membership list. He wrote a letter to one family that had been very active in his church. A letter came back saying, "Mr. Colaw, we now live near a university campus and we go every Sunday to the chapel service there. They have unusually fine music -- they have nationally known preachers ever Sunday morning." And she added a note he didn't think necessary. "We had not heard such preaching as that before. The children are being taught in church school by seminary students." And then she ended, "But the best of all there is no membership, no pledging, and no women's society asking me to work. So if you don't mind, we'll just leave our membership at Hyde Park and continue to enjoy what we have here." No involvement, no bother. No crosses. -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 87.
PROP. SENT: This parable teaches us that there are two kinds of people on this earth; sons of God's kingdom and son's of Satan's kingdom ... and it is not a matter of just going to church that determines which kingdom they are in but "why" they go to church and identify themselves with the kingdom of God!
I. THE SOWER Matt. 13:24-26 ("Son of Man" Matt. 13:37-38)
A. Seed Matt. 13:24,38
1. The sower is Jesus Himself - the "Son of Man."
2. Good seed -- saved "sons of the kingdom" (NIV) (wheat)
3. Bad seed -- unsaved "sons of the evil one" ...
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