The Growth of the Kingdom (Mark 4:21-34)

The Growth of the Kingdom (Mark 4:21-34)

Mark 4:21-34

I. Seeing the light, hearing the truth (4:21-25)

    A. The lamp is the Word of Truth! (Mark 4:21-22; Ps. 119:105; John 1:4-5, 9)
    B. What you get out of Jesus is directly proportionate to what you put into His cause (Mark 4:23-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:6-10)

II. The growing seed (4:26-29)

    A. Once the seed (the Word) is sown, it goes to work on the hearer despite our ignorance of “how” (Mark 4:26-27; John 3:9; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 3:6-7)
    B. There is a personal responsibility of the hearer to grow in faith (Mark 4:28)
    C. The harvest is baptism (Mark 4:29; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4)

III. The mustard seed (4:30-34)

    A. The kingdom of God started small and seemingly insignificant (Mark 4:30-31)
    B. The growth—against all odds—extraordinary (Mark 4:32)

      1. Growth recorded in Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 8:12; etc.
      2. The birds—evil workers (Mark 4:15; John 6:70; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; 3 John 9-10)

    C. The use of parables (Mark 4:33-34)

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