The Parable of the Soils
Passage: Mark 4:1–4:20
1) Like the sower, God spreads his word widely among all kinds of people
2) Like the three kinds of unfruitful soil, many will respond to the word with less than saving faith be it
a) a complete lack of response due to the enticement of evil
b) temporary superficiality masquerading as true commitment
c) genuine interest and conviction about the truth that simply falls short due to the rigorous demands of discipleship
3) Like the fruitful soil, the only legitimate response to God's word is the obedience and perseverance which demonstrate true saving grace.