This week at Restore Pastor Kevin spoke about how we teach children in Elements during Jr. Church each Sunday, and what spreading the Gospel looks like from Mark 4. Here are two takeaways from this week.
WHERE DOES THE SEED FALL?
The seed falls to the ground. These are the individuals that refuse to accept the Word when they hear it.
The seed falls to the rocky ground. These are the people that hear the Word with enthusiasm, but have a shallow acceptance of the Gospel and are quickly choked out once they are faced with hard times.
The seed falls amongst the thorns. These are those individuals who hear the Word, but who's desires for the world leave them unfruitful.
The seed falls into the good soil. These will be the people that hear the Gospel and accept it with gladness. They will allow the Word to use them to reach other people.
THE GOSPEL IS OFTEN REJECTED
Living for Christ isn't easy. There are many that will choose not to accept the Gospel, but as Christians our focus should not be placed upon if a person accepts the Gospel or not. Christians are to spread the seed of the Gospel with joy and without judgement or bias towards any person. We do not save people. Christ does, just as He saved us.
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
Romans 5:8 "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."