IDENTIFYING YOUR HARVEST FIELD | ELDER CHARLES CURRIE

IDENTIFYING YOUR HARVEST FIELD
ELDER CHARLES CURRIE
MAY 16, 2018                                         MAY 21, 2018
CANE CREEK  M. B. CHURCH  / KINGDOM SEEKERS CHURCH
INTRODUCTION
The church was born into an agricultural society. Most people lived in the country and farmed. Even village dwellers had a garden and raised a few animals. If you were not a  fisherman or a carpenter, you likely would have been a farmer. The idea of plowing, planting and harvesting would have been easily understood.
INTRODUCTION (CONT.)
Therefore, when the Apostle Paul was trying to help the Corinthian Christian understand the nature of evangelism, he used the analogy of the harvest. “ I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field.  (1 Cor. 3:6-9
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THE SOURCE OF A HARVEST
Harvest  became a picture of God’s judgment (Jeremiah 51:33)  and Jesus compared the Last Judgment with  the harvest (Matt 13:30).  But, Jesus used the same comparison for the gathering together of those who believed in Him (Matthew 9:37-38), indicating that the final harvest has already begun with His first coming.  (John 4:35)
HARVEST (CONT.)
Jeremiah 51:33 – This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “ Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest her will soon come.”
Matthew 13:30 – Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first  the tares, and bind them in the bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into the barn.
HARVEST (CONT.)
Matthew 9:37-38 – Then said He  unto His Disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray you therefore the Lord of the Harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His Harvest.
John 4:35 – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
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SPIRITUAL FARMING 1 COR. 3:6-9
In Paul’s harvest analogy the gospel is the seed. Paul and Apollos were harvest workers, along with God. The hearts of the Corinthians were fields of soil. The “increase” or harvest is the result of the gospel’s producing new life in the heart of a lost person.
Every part is equally important. If no one plants the seed, there can never be a harvest. If no one waters the seed, it will never grow and produce fruit.
PLOW THE FIELDS THROUGH PRAYER
Ps. 126: 5-6
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
We can renew our effectiveness in evangelism if we will plow the fields of lost people’s heart with our prayers.
We must keep a list of unsaved people and pray for each person by name daily.
PLOW WITH HUMBLE, LOVING, NEED-MEETING SERVICE
Hard hearts (spirits) crumble under the power of Christlike, servant-minded evangelism.
PLANT THE SEED OF THE GOSPEL
Matt. 13:3-9
Once the soil has been plowed, the seed needs to be sown. To have a large harvest, many seeds must be planted. The more seeds, the larger the harvest we expect to receive.
To see many people, come to Christ, we need to tell many people about Christ. A modern day farmer would call this sloppy sowing! Why would someone throw seeds in an area near rocks and thorns?
While the approach to farming seems wasteful, it shows the importance harvesting process.
CONCLUSION
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