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The Way of the Kingdom: Parables of the Bible

““How To Tell If You Are A Christian””

 

Matthew 13:1-23

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

 

10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

 

“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
    and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people's heart has grown dull,
    and with their ears they can barely hear,
    and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
    and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
    and turn, and I would heal them.’

 

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

 

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

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Thanks for visiting Community Church of Ephrata’s web site. Whatever brought you here we are glad you dropped by! Our purpose is to support people wherever they are in life’s journey with the truth and love of our Lord. We are a group of believers who follow Jesus. We share a passion of the truth of God’s Word, a heart to live in unity and a desire to impact the world for the glory of the Father.

 

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Our Core Values

We are committed to clear Biblical teaching and preaching..."All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" 2 Timothy 3:16-17


We are committed to living in community "....so that they may be one as we are one." John 17:11 "All the believers were together and had every thing in common...meet together ... broke bread and ate together in their homes with glad and sincere hearts, praising God..." Acts 2:43-47


Purposeful care for our community… "Only, they asked to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do." Galatians 2:10


Our Beliefs

As a church in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, we hold to the “Seven Essentials of the Faith” : We believe in one God, existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth.   The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts.   Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace.   The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ.   Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.  The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. All are welcome to join us for worship, whether they affirm these seven essentials or not.