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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)

What Kind of Soil Are You? (Mark 4:1-20)

What Kind of Soil Are You? (Mark 4:1-20)

Mark 4:1-20

I. Jesus “taught them many things by parables”

    A. The parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-9)
    B. The purpose of parables (Mark 4:10-13; cf. Isaiah 6:9-10)
    C. The seed is the Word (Mark 4:14)

II. The wayside (Mark 4:15)

    A. The hardened heart; opposes truth before it is even spoken
    B. No heart penetration; no change in character (Acts 2:37; 7:54)

III. Stony ground (Mark 4:16-17)

    A. The unstable hearer; superficial and shallow joy
    B. Fall away in the face of persecution (2 Timothy 3:12)

IV. The thorns (Mark 4:18-19)

    A. The distracted hearer
    B. Even innocent pleasures can become sinful (2 Timothy 4:10; Col. 3:1-2)

V. Good ground (Mark 4:20)

    A. The faithful hearer who bears fruit
    B. Bearing fruit (John 15:5; Matthew 7:17-19; Galatians 5:22-23)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 72/260: Read Mark 4

Are you ever afraid because of your circumstances? That’s what happened to the disciples in the boat. They knew that Jesus was in the boat with them, but they didn’t consider His power to overcome the great windstorm.

The storms of life are different for everyone. For some it is the loss of a loved one. For others it is a change in careers. Many face health struggles, while many others deal with financial woes. For some, the very thought of getting out of bed in the morning is an obstacle to overcome.

God has given us so much, and has blessed us with many tools to deal with these struggles. Do not ignore the power of prayer; neither should we discount medical and mental health professionals that are equipped to help us through physical and emotional struggles.

“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Strengthen your faith in Christ: read His book (Romans 10:17), pray (James 1:5), and utilize the help He provides through the church and the world.

Do not be ashamed to ask for help. Do not be afraid to seek guidance from medical and mental health providers. The professionals in those fields are blessings from God.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Mark 4:25. “For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”


Pray for strength in the face of struggles, and for help from those blessed by God who provide guidance.

“Teacher, Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?”

Mark 4:35-41


    A. Literal storms
    B. Figurative storms (2 Corinthians 11:24-28)
    C. God DOES care!

      1. Children of God are not exempt from suffering (Matthew 5:45; John 16:33; 1 Peter 4:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:10-12)
      2. These afflictions serve to strengthen us (Romans 5:1-4)


    A. “Why are you so fearful?” (Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 1:7; Matthew 10:28)
    B. “How is it that you have no faith?” (2 Peter 1:5-11; Romans 10:17; Matthew 7:24-27; Psalm 46)


    A. He is the Creator of all (Psalm 33:6-9; Colossians 1:15-16)
    B. He is the Master of all (Colossians 1:17; Matthew 28:18)
    C. He is our sympathetic High Priest (Hebrews 4:15)

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