A Diverse Audience
This class is designed to instruct the student to become a better evangelist by better understanding the mindset of those they are trying to reach. This course will concentrate less on technique and more on understanding the needs of those who do not know Christ and how to reach those needs.
Soil is a very good analogy used for non-Christians but the audience Jesus spoke to would have understood it better than we do today. As many people today live in big cities and have been nowhere near a farm, there are a few things you should know.
Not all soil is good for growing in. Sometimes soil is too rocky or hard to grow in. Other times, there are too many, or too little nutrients in the soil to grow. Other times, things are simply too hot or cold to grow some plants in. My dad was recently in Arizona and remarked how none of the homes had grass in their yards. It was simply too harsh an environment to grow grass.
Soil must be prepared before it can be planted on. Jesus speaks on soil in Mark 4:3-8. The four types of soils are four types of people. On three types of soil, the seed is planted but there is no fruit gained. Only on one type of soil is there anything gained.
|3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”|
The next section will deal how to prepare the soil (the heart of the non-Christian) and how to sow the seed (pronounce the gospel).