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It's Not About You; It's All About God
Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15

from the book
Sermons On The Gospel Readings
Series II, Cycle A

Mark Ellingsen

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


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Jesus left the house (which one we are not sure). He went to the Sea of Galilee and great crowds gathered around him. He began to teach in parables. What followed was the famed parable of the sower.

Most of us think we know the point of the parable. After all, Jesus himself explained its meaning (Matthew 13:18-23). But did he? In its present form, the parable is about our response to the seed (the word of God) which has been sown among us. But was this really Jesus' point? The consensus among most New Testament scholars is that this was not Jesus' point, that the explanation of the parable in verses 18-23 was not part of the original parable!

The general consensus among these scholars is that if you study the parable, it is not about us, not about what kind of soil we are, but about Jesus, about God, about why his kingdom is not fully realized and ...

This Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 sermon, It's Not About You; It's All About God, is based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 and relates to Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Gospel Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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