It’s the parable of the soils.
Why do People Respond Differently to the Gospel?
Discerning Wheat and Weeds
And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature
Failure and Success in Hearing: The produce of our spiritual fields does not always answer to our hopes or rewards our labours; there is much sowing, but little reaping. How do we account for it?
1A The Account of the Failure
1B Inattention on the part of the bearer.
2B Want of reflection: (6)
3B Incapacity to stand tests (7)
2A The Conditions of Success. What is the good ground? What is the honest and good heart? (8-15.
1B Sincere inquire. He liste4ns eagerly and continuously.
2B Devout meditation: He ponders, dwells upon, he prays over, the truth he has been receving
3B Intelligent, deliberate dedication: He takes all things into his mind that must be taken; counts the cost, considers what the service of Christ means, how much it involves in the way of surrender and of activity, and he solemnly devotes himself to the service,
A Few Outlines:
1. The soil condition is God’s responsibility: What is the subject of this parable? The parable is about the sower. Or is it:
2. A disciple is about making disciples: What the sower is doing. vs. 5
3. The Word of God is the seed we sow: https://church.calvaryministries.com/luke5/
(2) The Diffeent Ways of Responding to the Gospel: Matthew 13:1-24; Mark 4:1-20 Luke 8:4-15
For lack of “counting the cost,” hundreds of professed converts, under religious revivals, go back to the world after a time, and bring disgrace on religion. They begin with a sadly mistaken notion of what is true Christianity. They fancy it consists in nothing more than a so-called “coming to Christ,” and having strong inward feelings of joy and peace. And so, when they find, after a time, that there is a cross to be carried, that our hearts are deceitful, and that there is a busy devil always near us, they cool down in disgust, and return to their old sins. And why? Because they had really never known what Bible Christianity is. They had never learned that we must “count the cost.” [Bishop J.C. Ryle, HOLINESS, Christian Life Classics (Lafayette In.: Sovereign Grace Trust, 1990) p. 61]
we need to re-think our methods of evangelism.
Arthur Pink writes words that ruffle a number of feathers as he talks about those who are like the soil that responds quickly but have no roots.
today almost everything connected with modern evangelistic effort is calculated to produce just this very type of [superficial] hearer. The “bright singing,” the sentimentality of the hymns, the preachers appeals to the emotions, the demand of the churches for visible and quick “results,” produce nothing but superficial returns. Sinners are urged to make a prompt “decision,” are rushed to the “penitent form,” and then assured that all is well with them; and the poor deluded soul leaves with a false and fleeting “joy.” And the deplorable thing is that many of the Lords own people are supporting this Christ-dishonoring and soul-deceiving burlesque of true Gospel ministry. [Pink, The Prophetic Parables of Matthew 13, 3. the Parable of the Sower. p. 20]