John MacArthur – The Four Soils: The Fertile Ground

Our approach to evangelism shouldn’t be influenced by the way people respond to the gospel.

When the gospel is preached faithfully and clearly, acceptance of the message is never the result of the skill of the messenger or the marketing of the message. As we have seen throughout this series, it all hinges on the receptivity of the human heart—the quality of the soil into which the gospel seed is sown.

The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great. (Luke 8:5–8)

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