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Jan 24, 2020

The Problem with Seedless Grapes: Pro-Life Messages in Scripture

Jeff Cavins

Today is the March for Life and Jeff is focusing on the beauty and power humans have to bring forth life! Instead of resisting our God-given ability to have children, let’s celebrate this gift and take seriously our duty to plant a seed of faith in the next generation. Jeff zeroes in on the pro-life messages in Scripture verses on seeds and bearing fruit to show how Christians can spread the pro-life message, not just in this life, but the next as well.

SHOWNOTES

1 Peter 1:23 – “You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.”

Matthew 13:31-32 – “Another parable he put before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’”

Size Comparison of a Mustard Seed

John 12:23-25 – “And Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.’”

2 Corinthians 9:6 – “The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9)

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.’”

The Parable of the Sower Explained (Matthew 13:18-23)

“Hear then the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Genesis 1:28 – “And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’”

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