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Bearing good fruit | Week of October 14th

Mathew 13:24-26, Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.”

From the sermon series: Living by the gospel

Parables are stories that illustrate a moral or spiritual truth. They use realities of life that people can understand to teach concepts that are hard to grasp with only words and language. Jesus often used parables to teach God’s truth to those who were willing to hear it.

This parable illustrates that the gospel will be preached to all of mankind, both the people who believe and live by it, and the people who seek to undermine or go against it. The important resolution of the parable is found in Matthew 13:30, when the man who sowed the wheat says, Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” It is not up to us to decide who should hear the gospel or who is given to opportunity to repent and come to Christ. This is fully and rightfully up to God to decide. As the most just and righteous, we trust God in His decision and plan for the future, as we continue to share the good news with all people.

Journal Prompt: How can the resolution of this parable influence how you interact with those who seem to undermine or go against the gospel?

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