Dr. Michael Richardson
F. Matthew gives 15 parables that Jesus said. Ten of those parables are only found in Matthew’s gospel.
G. Matthew gives 20 miracles performed by Jesus. Three of those miracles are only found in Matthew’s
H. Matthew’s gospel outlines as follows:
J. Chapter 13 is a famous sermon. Ever notice how Jesus so often used common things found in nature
to explain a spiritual teaching? In chapter 13 Jesus uses:
Jesus, preaches. So, this leads to the title of my sermon: HOGWEED THEOLOGY!
L. Now, I have always been one to give credit where credit is due. Now I am giving blame where blame is
M. How in the world did this sermon title come about? Well, here is the lowdown:
O. So, I went home and studied about Hogweeds
P. In this sermon I want to describe hogweeds, warn you about hogweeds and like Jesus draw some
spiritual lessons from nature
A. They come from the Caucasus Mountains region around the Black Sea.
B. They were then brought to Europe. In 1917 they were brought to America form Asia
C. They are classified as part of the carrot family
D. They are found in all regions of America and now in Ontario, Canada
E. They can grow to between 10-14’ tall. They are an invasive plant.
F. They found along rivers, streams, fields, forests, and roadways, even yards.
G.They look like Queen Anne’s lace.
H. They are sometimes called Cartwheel flowers or Giant Cow Parsnips
I. Their scientific name is Heracluem Mantegazzianium
J. The Federal Government classifies them as a “noxious weed” because of their toxicity dangers.
Part II—The dangers of Hogweeds
A. Stay away from Hogweeds. They are a favorite place for snakes to be.
B. The plant is toxic in all areas of the plant. Never touch them
C. Touching the plant can cause:
Part III—Spiritual applications
A. Hogweed churches are just like hogweeds. They are invasive. They just seem to be everywhere. It
reminds me of Isa. 54:1 “…. for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married
wife, saith the LORD.”
B. Like hogweeds Hogweed churches can be quite large in size:
snakes I mean their ministers. I would like to remind you of what the Apostle Paul said in II Cor. 11:13-
15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their
D. It is the harmful sappy doctrine that is so dangerous for people. Some examples:
E. Is it any wonder that when people are harmed by these Hogweed preachers and their congregation
that they are sensitive to someone who has the true light?
A. Friend, let me tell you that you CAN have a deep-rooted relationship with God
B. That deep-rooted relationship begins with accepting his son, Jesus Christ as your savior.
C. God’s word offers to you a salvation so deeply rooted that Jesus said in Jn.6: 37 “All that the Father
giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
D. God’s word offers to you a relationship so deeply rooted that when the storms of life come you will
have a peace of mind that passes all understanding.
E. I can’t explain it but I have experienced it many times.
F. Why would you pass up such an offer as this? Be saved today and become deeply rooted in Christ by