THE WORK OF EVANGELISM!
Jesus was fond of describing world evangelism as if He were a farmer considering the potential of a field. He repeatedly referred to the results of evangelism as a “Harvest” (Matthew 9:37ff; Luke 10:1-2; John 4:35). He knew that crops don’t harvest themselves- it takes work!
When I was a teenager, visiting my grandparents one summer, I got hired to haul hay. Our job was to pick up the bales laying in the field and throw them onto the wagon as the tractor pulling the wagon drove by. We had to keep up an aggressive pace all day. It was blazing hot and the bales seemed to get heavier as the day wore on! Our skin was scratched from the roughness of those bales and the sweat stung my back as we picked up, threw, stacked, unloaded, and re-stacked in the barn, hundreds of bales of hay. Farm work is hard work! Evangelism can be like that. Jesus said we should pray for more laborers to go into the fields of evangelism to harvest souls. It isn’t easy but it’s worth it! -jkb
Express: Romans 12
Advanced: Mark 11-12; 2 Timothy 2
Challenge: Acts 9-16
MY SERMON NOTES FROM LAST SUNDAY:
LOVING THE LOST
James Merritt: “We need God’s army of soldiers to get out of the barracks and onto the battlefield to bring men and women to The Lord Jesus Christ.”
JESUS CALLS US TO INTERCEDE FOR AN INGATHERING (vv.1-2)
Bailey Smith: “The task before us demands an all out effort in at least two areas:the reaching of the lost and the motivation of Christians to be consistent soul winners.”
– promise (v.2)
– problem (v.2)
Amy Carmichael: “We have all eternity to celebrate our victories but only one brief moment before twilight to win them.”