What is the Kingdom Like?
Mark 4:21-34

Jesus continues to teach the truths of The Kingdom by using parables to describe spiritual truth. Pastor Joe looks at some of the practical applications from these parables including how true spiritual growth comes from God and not the creative new ideas of men.

Mark 4
  1. And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
  2. For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
  3. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
  4. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
  5. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
  6. And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
  7. And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
  8. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
  9. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
  10. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
  11. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
  12. But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
  13. And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
  14. But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.