Lesson 2 of 5
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Lesson 2: The Wayside

Study Guide/Outline:

1. Introduction and Recap

  • Description/Summary: The sermon opens with a recap of the previous week, focusing on the concept of being a sower in life.
  • Main Points:
    • Emphasis on everyone being a sower of something in their life.
    • The current life situation is seen as a harvest of previously sown seeds.
    • Encouragement to sow better seeds for a desired future.

2. The Law of Sowing and Reaping

  • Description/Summary: The sermon discusses the law of sowing and reaping as a process that one must embrace.
  • Main Points:
    • Sowing and reaping is a continuous, ongoing process.
    • The importance of getting excited about sowing the right seeds.
    • The seed represents the Word of God.

3. The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4)

  • Scripture: Mark 4:13-15
  • Description/Summary: Delving into the Parable of the Sower, the sermon shifts focus to the conditions of the soil, emphasizing its importance.
  • Main Points:
    • The parable is not about the sower or the seed, but about the soil.
    • The soil represents the condition of one’s heart and receptiveness to the Word.
    • The importance of understanding the parable to unlock the power of the Word in one’s life.

4. The Importance of Receiving the Word

  • Description/Summary: The sermon addresses the necessity of not just hearing but producing the Word.
  • Main Points:
    • The significance of moving beyond knowledge to application of the Word.
    • Understanding the Word is key to aligning one’s life with it.
    • The heart is central to receiving and producing the Word.

5. The Role of the Heart

  • Description/Summary: The heart’s condition as the soil is discussed, with an emphasis on keeping it receptive.
  • Main Points:
    • The heart can be hardened by various factors like people, circumstances, and sin.
    • The need to guard the heart against becoming callous to the Word.
    • The condition of the heart affects how the Word is received and produced.

6. Guarding and Preparing the Heart

  • Description/Summary: The sermon encourages keeping the heart tender and ready to receive the Word.
  • Main Points:
    • The heart is likened to a field that needs to be plowed and prepared.
    • The necessity of guarding one’s heart to remain open to God’s Word.
    • A broken and contrite heart is favored by God.

7. Worship and Response

  • Description/Summary: The sermon concludes with a call to worship and open one’s heart to God.
  • Main Points:
    • Worship is not just an outward expression but an inward posture of awe towards God.
    • Encouragement to maintain a hunger and thirst for God’s presence.
    • The importance of being responsive and receptive to God’s Word in worship.