Summary: Jesus actually prayed for laborers to go into the field to gather the harvest of souls.
MATT. 9:35-38 “JESUS’ PRAYER REQUEST”
A) Surly when we look at v.36, we see our nation today!
* The moral decline of the people in America is leading speedily to the weakening and eventual
fall of our nation! * Children being born out of wedlock has increased over 500%!
* Pornography has become a 57 billion dollar a year business worldwide!
* Our annual crime bill is over 25 billion and is increasing 4 times faster than our population!
* Gambling is more than all the money spent on churches, education, medicine and cars!
B) Our divorce rate is 50% ... One out of every two marriages end in divorce!
* Our nation is the most civilized nation on earth, yet there are 50 million of our children who
receive absolutely no religious instruction!
* An assault happens every 2 minutes ... A rape every 10 minutes ... A murder every 30 minutes ...
* Homosexuals are more than ever and increasing everyday!
C) Then there is the terrible HIV or AIDS virus ... 1 out of every 3 homosexuals are carrying it!
* Murder has been legalized through abortion ... Drugs: $220 billion are spent daily on illegal
drugs, not counting prescription drugs that are being abused!
* Cocaine deaths has more than tripled since 1985! * Crack has been proved that it destroys the
mind ... 60% of all illegal drugs are used in America!
D) Marijuana, the drug that has been sought after to be legalized, comes from the hemp plant ...
* A poisonous drug that comes from its dried leaves and flowers and will kill and destroy the body!
* The only people who are against these sinful conditions are Christians!
* So what we need in America is more Christians! * Jesus said in v.37-38 .......
* The only way to win America is to win souls! * Let me give you four things .......
(1) SOUL WINNING IS A COMMAND OF GOD! * Matt. 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and ...”
A) “Go” in the Greek means, “depart, go forth, take a journey, walk, travel.”
* The word “teach” means: “To make disciples by teaching the Word of God.”
* Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the ...” * It is the Christian’s responsibility!
* In order to stay in existence, everything must reproduce itself after its kind – Gen. 1:24 .......
* “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping
thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” * That includes Christianity!
B) Christians are not to sit and wait for the world of unbelievers to come to us!
* The church is not to stand idly by and wait for sinners to come into the assembly!
* We are to go where they are and carry the Gospel to them!
* I don’t mean that we’re to go and partake of their evil, or compromise our Christian convictions!
* The Christian visits people to lead them to Christ, not partake of their sinful ways!
* And if we don’t go, it is a sin of disobedience!
(2) SOUL WINNING GIVES US A CHANCE TO SHOW JESUS HOW MUCH WE LOVE HIM!
A) If we say that we truly love Jesus, then we must put forth the effort to try and win souls!
* Why did Jesus come into this world? * 1 Tim. 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
* Luke 19:10 “For the Son ...” * Matt. 1:21 “... for He shall save His people ...”
* 2 Cor. 5:20 says “we are ambassadors for Christ.” * Do you know what that means?
* It means we are to represent Jesus to a lost and dying world ... We are to go out and win souls!
B) Notice the phrase in v.38, “... that He will send forth laborers into ...”
* Send forth workers, toilers ... We are to do the work that Jesus came to do!
* Jesus could have stayed or He could have sent the angels to do the job .......
* But He chose us and gave us the responsibility ... So be a soul winner!
* If we don’t do it, it won’t get done ... Show Jesus how much you love Him!
* It also shows sinners that you care about them! * Do they believe that you care about them?
(3) SOUL WINNING GIVES US A CHANCE TO EARN REWARDS!
A) Prov. 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
* The Bible promises us the earthly reward of wisdom for soul winning!