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THE HARVEST IS RIPE

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Sermon shared by Kermit Reaves

June 2007
Summary: JESUS SAID FOLLOW ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHER OF MEN...WELL IF YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING YOU ARE NOT FISHING
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
THE HARVEST IS RIPE
MATTHEW 9:35-38

SERMON MANUSCRIPT
MINISTER KERMIT REAVES









God needs laborers in his harvest field. In this message we will look at…

The Potential of The Harvest (2a)

The Problem of The Harvest (2b)

The Power of The Harvest (2c)

The Perils of The Harvest (3)

THE PROTECTION OF THE HARVEST


OUR PURPOSE FOR EXISTING AS A CHURCH IS TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST! THE CHURCH HAS THE ONLY MESSAGE THAT CAN TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES...... AND OUR PURPOSE IS TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF GOD’S LOVE. REMEMBER OUR LORD’S CHALLENGE “FOLLOW ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN (MATTHEW 4:19) I THINK WE SHOULD SAY IT THIS WAY IN REFERENCE TO THIS VERSE..IF YOU ARE NOT FISHING YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING! WE ARE ALL TO BE LABORING IN GOD’S HARVEST FIELD
IN THIS TEXT WE’VE READ, AS JESUS LOOKED OUT ACROSS THE MULTITUDES HE REFERRED TO THEM AS SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. JESUS WAS MOVED WITH COMPASSION.
JESUS MADE THE STATEMENT THAT THERE WASN’T ENOUGH PEOPLE THAT WERE WILLING TO DO THE WORK OF EVANGELISM “THE HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTEOUS, BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW;”. SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD ARE AT THE MERCY OF WOLVES, BEARS, AND ANY OTHER RAVENOUS BEAST THAT WOULD MAKE A MEAL OUT OF THEM. WITHOUT A SHEPHERD SHEEP WANDER AIMLESSLY. THIS IS EXACTLY THE CONDITION OF AN UNSAVED PERSON. PEOPLE WITHOUT JESUS AS THE SHEPHERD OF THEIR SOULS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE DEVIL AND ALL HIS DEMONS. AN UNSAVED PERSON WANDERS AIMLESSLY INTO ONE DANGEROUS SITUATION AFTER ANOTHER. BUT THE WORST THING OF ALL IS WHEN AN UNSAVED PERSON DIES WITHOUT JESUS HE OR SHE GOES OUT INTO ETERNITY INTO A LAKE OF FIRE FOREVER, WHICH THE BIBLE CALLS “THE SECOND DEATH.” (REV. 20:14-15)
THIS STATEMENT THE LORD MAKES... “THE HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTEOUS, BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW” WAS MADE OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO AND IS STILL TRUE TODAY....... THE REASON WHY WE ARE DOING THIS SPECIAL FAITH EVANGELISM THIS MONTH “PLANT, WATER AND GOD GIVES THE INCREASE” SERVICE TODAY IS TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO THE LOST. I’M NOT SURE IF YOU ARE AWARE OF THIS OR NOT, BUT EVANGELISM IS THE VERY LIFE-BLOOD OF ANY CHURCH.


WITHOUT EVANGELISM ANY CHURCH, EVENTUALLY, WILL DRY UP AND DIE! IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BIG THE CHURCH OR HOW MUCH MONEY IS IN THE BANK, WITHOUT EVANGELISM ANY CHURCH WILL DIE. AND BY THE SAME TOKEN ANY CHRISTIAN THAT DOESN’T HAVE EVANGELISM AT THEIR HEART WILL ALSO DRY UP AND DIE SPIRITUALLY.
THE POTENTIAL OF THE HARVEST JESUS SAID, “THE HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTEOUS, BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW” NOT TOO MUCH HAS CHANGED.....WE FACE THE SAME DIFFICULTIES THAT JESUS FACED TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO. WE NEED PEOPLE THAT WILL DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST! ..... DO WE REALIZE HOW MANY PEOPLE THERE ARE THAT ARE LOOKING FOR A CHURCH HOME? THERE ARE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE THAT ARE STARVING FOR A GOOD CHURCH TO GO TO. THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE FED UP WITH LIVING A LIFE WITHOUT CHRIST! AND IT IS OUR PURPOSE, IT IS OUR TASK TO SHARE WITH EVERYBODY, THE FACT THAT GOD LOVES PEOPLE......GOD LOVES YOU!!!! IN JOHN 3:16 WE READ, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”
THE MAIN REASON THE CHURCH EXISTS ON PLANET EARTH – IS TO REACH PEOPLE.
WE ARE TO REFLECT
Comments and Shared Ideas
Roy Duncan
December 10, 2011
A Blessing. A sobering reminder of the need and priviledge of sharing Christ
Richard Vaughn
September 8, 2007
Excellent message, it made me think about the people that live near the church and don't attend so they don't hear the word. They don't hear the good news of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Keith Elliott
September 7, 2007
As I begin my evangelism effort and in reading your message it makes me truly understand that many churches are still trying to effect growth doing it there way instead of doing it God's way. We must truly go out. Thank you so very much for reminding me of that point. I was truy blessed by reading the heartfelt message.

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