DISCLAIMER: The resemblance of this outline to the finished sermon is purely coincidental.
Sermon Setting - I have decided to place this sermon at a congregation in Nebraska.
Text - The main text is Matthew 13.1-23 (I have decided to include the verses omitted (10-17) by the Lectionary. The other lessons are Genesis 25.19-34, Psalm 119.105-112 & Romans 8.1-11.
The yields mentioned by Jesus are good for the time, but not for modern agribusiness
Attributable to the poor sowing practices in the parable
Never sow on the path, nor on rocky ground, nor in thorns
A way to read a parable
Someone/something will represent Jesus
Someone/something will represent us
The seeds = the word of the kingdom of God
Jesus unpacks that in the explanation to the disciples
Seeds = Jesus & his Gospel
So who are we?
If so, then the soil represents areas where we take/spread/throw the Good News
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and when it doesn't, it isn't our fault
But what if we aren't the sower
The sower is the one who sowed the seed/sent the seed
The sower is God
So that means we are the soil
But what type of soil are we?
Hard pathways / Rocky ground / Surrounded by thorns / Good soil
Go back to the middle part of the lesson - where Jesus explains why he speaks in parables
Those who have will be given more (good soil)
Those who have nothing will lose what they have (path)
Those who listen but do not understand (thorny ground)
Those whose hearts have grown dull (rocky ground)
So, what do we do?