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Summary: A call to our church to commit to a lifestyle of soul-winning.

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“A Call to the Harvest”

Date: January 4, 2004 A.M Service

Place: Allendale Baptist Church

Text: Matthew 9:36-38

Introduction

In my family there have been many different occupations. For instance, some have been carpenters, mechanics, truck drivers, salesmen, etc. Some would not like me to say this but, I have heard stories of some relatives running “moonshine” during the 20’s & 30’s. Not surprising there have not been many preachers…

On both sides of my family as we have researched our family tree, we have found that many of our relatives have been farmers.

After WWII, my father and uncle purchased land side by side and began farming. My dad always called himself a dirt farmer. I don’t know much about farming, but when I think of farmers, I think of the harvest. A great deal of work goes into preparation and planning but the success lies within the harvest. For many families, the success of the harvest depends on whether they can keep the farm for another year.

For instance, if there is a drought, flood or freeze and the harvest is lost, that means loss of income. Everything depends on the harvest at harvest time. Other things become secondary, because the harvest waits for no one.

In the past, many towns and communities would celebrate harvest time with festivals and feasts. It was a great time of celebration and anticipation for the hard work ahead.

As a church, we also are in the harvest business. Not in fruit, vegetables, cotton but in the greatest commodity that can be found. The harvest of souls.

In preparation for this message, I begin to look at some of the history of Allendale Baptist Church. I am sure that in the 18 years of the churches history, there have been many that have been faithful in sowing the seeds. The best that I could find was that 179 total baptisms in 18 years. I’m certain that there have been many others who have come to make professions of faith as a result of those being a faithful witness in this community.

This morning my desire in this message is not to focus on the past, but challenge us to the future. As we look at this scripture, I want us to see five important principles for the harvest ahead.

I. THE HARVEST IS PAINFUL

· V. 36 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

· Many times we see in scripture that Jesus was moved with compassion and He wept.

· We never see His hurting and suffering for Himself, but only for the spiritual condition of others.

· My dear Christian friend, when was the last time you hurt, when was the last time you cried over a lost family, an unsaved friend or a co-worker that does not know Jesus as Savior and Lord?

· This is not going to make me very popular and same will get mad but, more church members, and I must say pastors, get their feeling hurt over silly unimportant things than they ever would be hurt and cry over someone going to hell. More church members will rearrange their busy schedules to come to a business meeting than they would to come to an evangelistic outreach or soul winning visitation night.


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