GREAT THINGS FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS The Parable of the by aau12608


									                 GREAT THINGS FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS
                     The Parable of the Mustard Seed
                          September 16/17, 2006
                              Mark 4:30-34

Introduction – Small things can have a huge impact on things around them.

I. The Kingdom has __________ ___________________ (v. 31)

       Mark 4:31 – “It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant
in the ground.”

Some “seeds” of the Kingdom        __________ born in Bethlehem
with big effects                   __________ of Holy Baptism
                                   ____________________ of the Lord’s Supper
                                   __________of the Bible
                                   ______________ of believers
                                   ________ of loving service

       1 Corinthians 1:27-29 – “But God chose the foolish things of the world to
shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-- and the things
that are not-- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

II. God intends for His Kingdom to be ______________ (v. 32a)

      Mark 4:32a – “Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all
garden plants …”
      1 Corinthians 3:6-7 – “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God
made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only
God, who makes things grow.”

III. The Kingdom will have far-reaching __________________.(v. 32b)

        Mark 4:32b – “… with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch
in its shade.”
        Isaiah 55:10-11 – “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven …
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will
accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Conclusion – YOU can have a significant influence on others when you allow
God’s love and grace to grow and to work in you and through you.

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