The Parable of the Mustard Seed – The Word changes us
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Big Idea: Christ’s salvation is a kingdom which is entered into by faith.
- The Story of God’s salvation in Christ.
- Tree of Life (Gen. 2:9)
- The Mustard Seed Tree (Mark 4:30-32)
- The Tree of Life (Rev. 22:2)
- The Kingdom of God is salvation.
- Not about you but about the world.
- It’s about God.
- How does the Kingdom work?
- Entering into the Kingdom
- Through the preaching of the Word
- Through faith (Romans 10:1-17)
- Gospel Challenge
- Go down first and think about representing Jesus by serving.
- Listen to the Word
- ““The Gospel of Mark tells a mysterious story enveloped in apocalyptic urgency, a story that focuses relentlessly on the cross and ends on a note of hushed, enigmatic hope. Many of the key images in this mysterious narrative are drawn from Israel’s Scriptures; indeed, a reader who fails to discern the significance of these images can hardly grasp Mark’s message.” – Richard Hays, Reading Backwards
- “The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him , and with Him everything else thrown in.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity