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An Open Heart Requires Honesty

February 14, 2021 Speaker: Erdie Carter Series: Open Heart

Scripture: Luke 8:4-15


Series: Open Heart

February 14, 2021 | Pastor Erdie Carter


Big Idea: God’s Word changes people’s hearts when people receive God’s Word and allow it to produce good fruit in them.

Luke 8:4–15 (CSB) — 4 As a large crowd was gathering, and people were coming to Jesus from every town, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some seed fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the sky devoured it. 6 Other seed fell on the rock; when it grew up, it withered away, since it lacked moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns; the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 Still other seed fell on good ground; when it grew up, it produced fruit: a hundred times what was sown.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen.” 9 Then his disciples asked him, “What does this parable mean?” 10 So he said, “The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that Looking they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 The seed along the path are those who have heard and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seed on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and fall away in a time of testing. 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, produce fruit.

  1. Stubborn Heart (8:12)
  2. Superficial Heart (8:13)
  3. Selfish Heart (8:14)
  4. Saved Heart (8:15)


  1. Your heart reveals the truth about your relationship with God. 
  2. Your relationship with God requires you to guard your heart at all costs. 

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