Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 6
February 15, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<506> Thesis: Fruitfulness results from a transformed heart. Introduction: This morning we come in our studies to Jesus' declaration to His disciples that, when they sow the seed of the Word of God, some will respond by producing a crop of a hundred fold increase. It is interesting that Luke chose to omit the words of Jesus recorded by both Matthew and Mark: that there will be some who bring forth "thirtyfold" and others who bring forth "sixtyfold". Clearly he wished to emphasize the abnormal maximum. Why he wished to do so may not be quite so clear. It might even seem a bit counter-productive to emphasize what few seed-sowers experience. Therefore, this morning we are going to give some thought to what Luke recorded of Jesus' words to His disciples. The words focus upon the elements that are involved in fruitfulness. Thus, we have a revelation before us that tells us what maximizes a disciple's participation in the Kingdom of God.