In part one of a message titled, “The Parable of Spiritual Growth,” Pastor Greg Laurie of the Harvest Fellowship megachurch spoke about different kinds of hearers of God’s Word, to help Christians and seekers negotiate their way to spiritual growth.
The message, part of an ongoing series “What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know,” was based on Luke 8, which carries what’s known as “The Parable of the Sower.” But that can also have “The Parable of Spiritual Growth” as its title, Pastor Laurie said.
The parable tells us why some Christians press on while others do not, he explained, and read the verses:
“While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown…
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the Word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the Word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the Word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post