Summary: Sermon on Matthew 9:35-38 - It’s harvest time!
It’s Harvest Time! - Catch a Vision for the Lost
POLL - When did you become a Christian? (Statistics)
1.CONSIDER - See the crowds (v.36a)
- ILL -- Going for a mission trip, home blessing
2.ASK - Ask for compassion (v.36b)
- harassed and helpless (distressed and dispirited)
- sheep without a shepherd
3.RECOGNIZE - Look out for potential (v.37a)
- harvest is plentiful
- ILL -- Rick Warren "One more for Jesus"
4.EXPECT - Take a step of faith (v.37b-38)
- Quote - William Carey "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."
(When God chooses to win the heathen, He will do it without your help or ours.)
- identify the problem: workers (laborers) are few
- just do it (send out) -- Isa 6:8; Rom 10:14-15
ILL -- A Vision of the Lost by William Booth
I saw a dark and stormy ocean. In that ocean I thought I saw myriads of poor human beings plunging and floating, shouting and shrieking, cursing and struggling and drowning; and as they cursed and screamed they rose and shrieked again, and then some sank to rise no more.
And I saw out of this dark angry ocean, a mighty rock that rose up with it’s summit towering high above the black clouds that overhung the stormy sea. And all around the base of this great rock I saw a vast platform. Onto this platform, I saw with delight a number of the poor struggling, drowning wretches continually climbing out of the angry ocean. And I saw that a few of those who were already safe on the platform were helping the poor creatures still in the angry waters to reach the place of safety.
On looking more closely I found a number of those who had been rescued, industriously working and scheming by ladders, ropes, boats and other means more effective, to deliver the poor strugglers out of the sea. Here and there were some who actually jumped into the water, regardless of the consequences in their passion to "rescue the perishing." And I hardly know which gladdened me the most - the sight of the poor drowning people climbing onto the rocks reaching a place of safety, or the devotion and self-sacrifice of those whose whole being was wrapped up in the effort for their deliverance.
As I looked on, I saw that the occupants of that platform were quite a mixed company. That is, they were divided into different "sets" or classes, and they occupied themselves with different pleasures and employments. But only a very few of them seemed to make it their business to get the people out of the sea.
But what puzzled me most was the fact that though all of them had been rescued at one time or another from the ocean, nearly everyone seemed to have forgotten all about it. Anyway, it seemed the memory of its darkness and danger no longer troubled them at all. And what seemed equally strange and perplexing to me was that these people did not even seem to have any care - that is any agonizing care - about the poor perishing ones who were struggling and drowning right before their very eyes . . . many of whom were their own husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and even their own children.