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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