Sowing Spiritual Seed
Sermon shared by Nick Scarpa
Summary: God calls us to bear fruit that will last. Sowing seed as in a garden will bear either good or bad (rotten) fruit. We must bear good seeds, to reap good fruit.
Audience: Believer adults
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Sowing Spiritual Seed
Ask any person new to gardening, what is the hardest part to get used to, and they will almost undoubtedly say... WAITING!
Gardening is a wonderful experience if youíre not in any hurry to see the results! Itís like watching a child turn into a young adult....it takes time!
Sowing spiritual seed is probably one of the most unpredictable tasks we can undertake, and yet it is definitely THE MOST REWARDING!!
You know how you feel when those red tomatoes area ready for harvesting, and you can take them inside and use them in a salad or give to friends and family?
Multiply that a hundred times and you still will not compare to the experience of planting seeds of faith and seeing them grow until that person you shared with, prayed for, and invested in makes the decision of their lifetime.
There is nothing like it!
Sharing HOPE to the HOPELESS in a nightclub (Marty)
Offering spiritual directions to a truck driver(Mike)
Knocking on doors in residential areas
Handing out invitations at the mall
Serving with Billy Graham Telethon
Itís estimated that about 95% of Christians have never led anyone to Christ.
Thatís not to say that they did not have an impact on people. As the old saying goes; ďyou canít fail at sowing, unless you fail to sow!Ē
We can be virtual tracts - sharing our lives by living for Christ!
In chapter 5 of Paulís letter to the church at Galatia, he talks about fruit, and he uses a comparison between good and evil, the Spiritual nature and the sinful nature.
When he gets into chapter 6, he takes that illustration of fruit back to itís beginnings and focuses on sowing spiritual seed.
We start in verse 7 of Galatians 6.
ďDo not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
He starts out by saying, ďdo not be deceivedĒ
e.g, do not accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
Do not buy that BUCKET of BOLTS that the salesman told you was a cream puff. Itís probably lemon-filled!
Satan is the father of lies. He will do whatever it take to deceive us.
Deception is his greatest tool against the Christian.
God cannot be mocked!
If we do not know it already, we cannot pull one over on God. Thatís what it means - to make a mockery or a fool of God. To snub your nose at him.
To try to hide the truth from Him.
What was it that Paul was referring to? God cannot be mocked??
Verse 3-4 They had false impressions of themselves. Paul knew it.
He knew they were calling themselves spiritual but were not!
A man reaps what he sows.
In other words, you get what you give.
Thatís what Paul is talking about - GIVING
Time, energy, resources, finances, faith, hope, love
If you put $20 week in a sock and hide it under your pillow, 10 years from now you would have $10,400 dollars. (if someone else didnít find it first!)
If you donít put it away (if you donít sow) you will have nothing!!
God allows us to decide what, where and how much... we sow!
He loves a cheerful giver!
In verse 8, Paul elaborates a bit
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction;
We have the opportunity to sow as we choose. If we choose to sow to our sinful desires and passions of the flesh, and become self-focused...
If we spend all our money on ourselves and waste all our time on that which
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