I am happy to announce the release of a major update to my 1997 article entitled "The Parable of the Sower: Salvation and Service". This one-part article has been expanded into a four-part series and includes dozens of new Bible verses -- the references of which have now been colorized in blue -- as well as new commentary. It has also been spell-checked, reformatted to a longer line length for easier reading, and now includes a graphical header as well.
To access this updated article, please click on any blue full title link that you find in this message.
As is my usual custom, below is a synopsis of the four-part series.
Published On : November 7, 1997
Last Updated : July 30, 2012
Samuel And David: Folly Of Judging By Outward Appearances, Don't Compare Ourselves Among Ourselves, The Foolishness Of Thinking That We Understand The Lord And His Profound Ways, Not Our Place To Determine Who Is Saved And Who Isn't Saved, Work Out Your Own Salvation With Fear And Trembling, Our Common Trials And Afflictions, Pray For Others Who Are Going Through Difficult Times, Self-Righteously Judging Backslidden Brethren, Endtime Apostasy Or Falling Away, Foolishness Of Setting Dates, Confusing Salvation With Service To The Lord, Does Lack Of Works Equate To Loss Of Salvation, Apostle Paul And God's Grace Versus Works, Martin Luther Discovers Grace, Modern Grace Versus Good Works Debate, Parable Of The Sower, A Difference Between Salvation And Heavenly Rewards, Shine Like Stars Or Shame And Everlasting Contempt, Blind Of Heart And Darkened In Understanding, Blind Leaders Of The Blind, No Root And Weakened By Persecution, Christian Challenges In A Modern Science-Based World, Seriousness Of Offending God's Little Ones, Beware Of The Praises Of Men, Televangelists And Their Politically Correct Non-Offensive Socially-Acceptable Gospel, False Apostles Who Preach Another Jesus And Gospel
Beware Of Misguided Brethren Who Preach Deceptive Doctrines, Persecution Arising From Multi-Religious Homes, Abide In The Lord, Don't Be Ashamed Of The Gospel Of Christ, Beware Of Materialism And Riches: The Seed Which Fell Among The Thorns, Satan -- False God Of The Present World -- And His Offerings, Modern Churches Of Laodicea, Seed Which Fell On Good Ground, Not Everyone Bears Same Amount Of Fruit, Different Levels Of Christian Discipleship And Heavenly Rewards, Not Everyone Is Capable Of Serving God In The Same Capacity, Apostle Paul's Advice Regarding Marriage And Discipleship, Importance Of Being Fruitful Branches For The Lord, We Can't Wins Souls Or Force Anyone To Accept Christ, Won Only By God's Spirit
The Lord's Desire For Our Repentance Healing And Salvation, Age Of Grace And Personal Choice, God's Faithful Ambassadors, Lack Of Works Does Not Signify One Is Not Saved, Be Doers Of The Word, Return To Your First Love, Backsliding, We Are His Forever, Salvation Is Not Based Upon Our Works, God Alone Provides The Increase In Souls, All Of The Apostles Forsook Jesus In Gethsemane, Jesus Was Offered Up One Time For All Men, Once Saved Always Saved, God Keeps His Promises And Is Not A Liar Or A Deal Breaker, Confusion Regarding Salvation, Jesus Promised Us His Peace, Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart, Peace With God Through Jesus Christ, Church's Control Over Its Members Through Different Legalistic Requirements, The Burden Of The Mosaic Law, Our Burden In Christ Is Light
Having The Certainty Of Our Salvation, Rewarded According To Our Works, Seek Out God's Will For Your Life, One Body But Many Members, Different Callings And Gifts, Demonstrate Our Faith Through Tangible Actions, Motivated By Love, The Lord Knows Them That Are His, Don't Judge The Salvation Of Others, Work Out Your Own Salvation, Abide In Your Own Ministry And Calling, First Shall Be Last And The Last First, Righteous Judgment, Closing Remarks, Some Additional Reading Resources