MARK 4

8 Outlines

 

 

WHICH HEART IS YOURS?

Mark 4:1-20

 

This is the parable of the sower and the soils.

Think of each soil as a type of heart in which the Word of God is sown (Vs,.14). Which heart best describes your response to God's Word?

 

A DECEIVED HEART Vs. 15

 

A DISTURBED HEART Vss. 16-17

  (Offended by persecution and affliction.)

 

A DISTRACTED HEART Vss. 18-19

  (Distracted by "...the cares of this world, the deceitfulness and the lust of

   other things.")

 

A DISCERNING HEART Vss. 20

  (They  "hear the word... receive it... bring forth...")

 

 

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Mark 4:1-20

A FAMOUS PARABLE

 

THE PRESENTATION OF THE PARABLE - Vss. 1-9

 

THE PURPOSE OF PARABLES - Vss. 9-13

 

THE POINT OF THE PARABLE - Vss. 14-20

Sick soil - Vs. 15

Shallow soil -Vss. 16-17

Scratchy soil - Vs. 18-19

Superb soil - Vs. 20

 

 

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Mark 4:14-21

REACTIONS TO THE WORD

 

Jesus told the parable of the sower and the soils in Mark 4:1-13. 

In verse 14 Jesus tells us that the seed is representative of the Word of God.

When the Word of God is sown, there are four basic responses.

 

THE WORD REMOVED - Vs. 15

Satan snatches the Word away before it germinates.

 

THE WORD RESISTED - Vss. 16-17

Rocky soil here is actually a rocky ledge underneath the surface.  Seed can not put its roots down deep into the soil.  This type of soil produces results that sprout quickly but whither at the first sign of hardship.

 

THE WORD RESTRICTED - Vss. 18-19

Thorny soil means that as the Word is preached it is choked off with cares, love of riches, and other things.

 

THE WORD RECEIVED - Vs. 20

Good soil produces good fruit. The Word sown in a good heart produces fruit.

 

 

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WHAT JESUS GIVES

Mark 4:35-41

 

THE DIRECTION THAT JESUS GIVES – Vss. 35-37

THE PROTECTION THAT JESUS GIVES – Vss. 38-39

THE ADMONITION THAT JESUS GIVES – Vss. 40-41

 

 

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Mark 4:35-41

STORMY WEATHER!

 

There will be storms in life.  Make sure that you are equipped to face

them when they come.

 

THE PASSENGER WITH A PLAN Vss. 35-36

1. Make sure Jesus is a passenger in your boat. Vss. 36

2. Make sure that Jesus you are following Jesus' plans for your life.

Vs. 35

 

THE PROBLEM THAT CAUSED A PANIC Vss. 37-38

1. Storms are real, dangerous, and scary. Vss.37

2. We should call on the Lord in the storms, but not in the panicky

way which the disciples did. They even questioned his care. That

seems easy to do when things are not going well. Vs. 38

 

THE PRIORITY (FAITH) THAT PRODUCES PEACE Vss. 39-41

1. Peace came when Jesus stilled the waters. Vs. 39. Jesus does not

always remove the problem, but will give you peace through the

problem.

2. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. It is faith that

keeps us from panic. Vs. 40

3. The disciples had a new appreciation for the ability of the Lord.

We will also, as we trust Him. Vs.41

 

 

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Mark 4:35-41

PRACTICAL REACTIONS TO A FAMILIAR STORY

 

Since childhood, most of us have heard the story of Jesus stilling the storm on the sea.  There are some practical applications for each of our lives that come out of this story.

 

WHEREVER I GO, MAY I GO WITH HIM. Vss. 35-36

Jesus instructed the disciples to go by way of boat across the sea, and went with them.  First, Jesus must be in the boat called my life. I must receive Him as my Savior.  Second, I should follow his leadership, going wherever I go because He is guiding me there. Psalm 32:8

 

WHATEVER THE PROBLEM MAY I REMEMBER THAT HE IS IN THE BOAT. Vss. 37-38a

Even though Jesus was asleep, He was still in the boat and still in control.  When our Lord seems silent as I face trials, may I remember that He is with me and will never leave me. Hebrews 13:5

 

WHATEVER THE THREAT, MAY I TRUST HIM. Vss. 38b-41

The disciples panicked, even questioning whether the Lord cared for their safety.  May I simply trust Him, even when things seem to be at their worst.  May I listen for words in my life saying, "Peace, be still!"

 

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Mark 4:35-41

THE STORM

 

DIRECTION FROM THE MASTER - Vs. 35

DANGER FROM THE STORM - Vss. 36-37

DISMAY OF THE DISCIPLES - Vs. 38

DECLARATION OF PEACE - Vs. 39

DISAPPROVAL BY THE MASTER - Vss. 40-41

 

 

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Mark 4:35-41

A TRYING STORM

 

A TEAM EFFORT – Vs. 35

When Jesus said to go to the other side, He wasn’t sending the Apostles alone. He was going with them.  Wherever the Lord sends us, He goes with us.

 

A TERRIBLE STORM – Vss. 36-37

 

A TROUBLED CREW – Vs. 38

 

A TRIUMPHANT MASTER – Vs. 39

 

A THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTION – Vs. 40

 

 

 

 

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