And Now, A Word About Seeds

Sermon production is a strange craft.  Preaching a sermon in a series like “Jesus Through the Eyes of Mark” begins by wrestling with the text seeking to understand it’s meaning.  The next step is determining exactly what message from the text  the congregation needs to hear.  Finally, the preacher must decide the best way to communicate with his audience.  These steps are not so much walked through in sequential order as they are always in my mind as I work on a sermon. 

This week’s sermon seemed to be particularly difficult to put together.  What do the three seed parables mean when read together?  What is the proper interpretation of that strange Isaiah quote where Jesus essentially says he speaks in parables so outsiders will not understand and thus be unable to repent?  How does the statement about the lamp and the bowl fit into the three seed parables?  What is to be made of the repetition of the words “hear” and “listen”? 

As I worked on the sermon it just didn’t seem to be coming together until it finally hit me that since the germ of life is in the seed, and sense the seed is the message, then the seed needs to be envisioned as Jesus himself.  He IS the message.  Life is found ONLY in him.  With that revelation, the message of the sermon took shape. 

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


One Response to “And Now, A Word About Seeds”

  1. avatar Adam says:

    As far as determining the best way to communicate with the audience, I thought the Sunday delivery was great. As Ben was reading the entire passage, from beginning to end, I kept thinking, that seems to be saying that Jesus is deliberately withholding valuable information…that can't be right…that lamp passage seems to stick out from the middle of nowhere and doesn't seem like it fits with the text before and after…what's the deal? My open-ended questions were soon responded to over the next few minutes.

    I think its pretty hard to understand certain verses as being sarcastic, or at least meaning something other than what they are literally saying. Isiah taken this way though, with good evidence and argument, sits much better with me since it fits into the themes of love, mercy, forgiveness, and inclusiveness.

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