God is sovereign in the work of making disciples (Philippians 1:6; 2: 13).

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ..."

  • Only God can produce growth
  • God uses various means to bring about growth.
  • He allows people to respond differently to His Word (Mark 4:3-9; 14-20).

Study Mark 4:3-9; 14-20

  • Some do not accept the Word at all (v. 15). 
  • Some receive the Word superficially but when problems come, they fall away and lose interest (vv. 16,17).
  • Some hear and respond to the message, but later they allow it to be crowded out by things of the world (vv. 18,19).
  • Some hear, accept God's Word and bear fruit (v. 20)

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