• Pastor Jonathan Painter

April 12, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

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THE PASTOR'S PEN

The following writing is a review of this week's Sunday Morning Message


Growing in the Word

Matthew 13:18-23


The Lord is telling a parable here to the multitudes and he is telling them of a man who went to sow his field with seed. In this parable, Christ gives descriptions of the ground where this seed landed. The seed He says is the Word of God, and the field is the hearts of men.

There are in this parable three types of ground where the seed was received and started to grow. We find these in the stony ground, the thorny ground, and the good ground. All three of these grounds are representative of the Christian, however, the question we must answer this morning is which parcel of ground are we?

The Lord tells us that the stony ground was representative of the Christian who does not allow the roots of the Word of God to go very deep into their soil. Therefore, they are easily offended when they hear something from the Word of God that they did not know or understand. (Matthew 13:21-22)

The thorny ground is a picture of those who receive the Word and let it take a good root in their hearts, but as they begin to grow in the Lord they begin to be choked by the cares and distractions of this world that we live in. These “thorns” then choke out the growth of the seed and cause the Christian to be unfaithful. (Matthew 13:22)


However, there is a third type of ground that received the Word of God. This is good ground, this is representative of the heart that receives the Word and lets it take root, and does not let anything stand in its way from growing in the Lord and bearing fruit for Him. (Matthew 13:23)


Which type of ground are you? Where are you at in your spiritual growth? God has given us His expectation for our Christian life. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” (John 15:16) God expects us to bring forth fruit! Therefore, if we will be the good ground where the Word of God has landed then we must make an effort to bear fruit. How do we do this?

PLANT DEEP

Let the Word of God take deep roots in who you are as a person in your daily life. Read the Word of God and study the Word of God and let it have an effect on you. Be faithful to attend church this is where you will hear more about the Word of God. This is the consistent watering you need if you will grow to be fruitful for God. Trust the Word of God. There will be times when you will hear and read from the Word of God things that go against what society presents as normal. Trust God’s Word and do not be easily offended.


REMOVE THE THORNS

You need to look for the thorns in your life that are hindering your spiritual growth. Sometimes thorns take on the form of activities and bad behaviors. Sometimes thorns take on the form of friends who discourage your spiritual growth. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify the thorns that are choking you from growing spiritually.


BEAR FRUIT

As you grow spiritually you will come to a point in your growth where you mature to the ability to bear fruit. How do we bear fruit for God? If we will bear fruit for Him, we must labor for Him. Not all servants of God mount the pulpit as a minister, there are those who serve God with a maturity of faithfulness and labor that brings great gains to the kingdom of Heaven. In this we bear fruit.


When we do these three things it will open a pathway of spiritual growth in our life that will please the Lord and enable us to be productive for Him. He will look at our hearts and see that we have indeed been the good ground where the Word of God landed and when He calls us home may He say, “Well done thou Good and Faithful Servant!”


THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY

We had good services this week with 135 in attendance and eight precious souls trusting Christ as their Saviour this week.

We are excited as we prepare for a big week this upcoming week. We of course have our revival coming up this week, and a big day on Sunday with it being Esther Sunday. Our goal for the church is to have 200 people in attendance this next Sunday. Pray for us to hit our goal and invite everyone you can to come with you this week!





















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