The Harvest with Thanksgiving

The Harvest with Thanksgiving

Text:
Title: Harvest with Thanksgiving
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

 Small Group Questions:

  1. Why does Jesus tell his disciples to pray for laborers of the Harvest ()? How much time do you spend in prayer for this?
  2. Read .  What does Jesus mean by this?  How is this still true today?
  3. Do the areas you typically spend your time out provide adequate opportunities to share the gospeL? Where are some places you could frequent that would give you more opportunities to share the gospel?
  4. Read .  What changes do you need to make in your life to be better at sharing the gospel with others?
  5. Read Luke 10:20. What does Jesus tell us to rejoice in?  Do you think there is any greater joy?  Why or why not?

Introduction:

Popular Expression in Greece: “He is a brick”

  • Referring to one who is brave and loyal
  • A visitor to ancient Sparta expected a mighty fortress.
  • Upon arrival he didn’t see any walls.
  • Someone showed him the walls of Sparta.
  • A 10,000 strong wall of soldiers ready to defend Sparta
  • Every man was a brick in the wall

  • Christian’s are living bricks within the church
  • Jesus is the cornerstone that is laid to build the rest of the building

We are not just to be a stone, but to be one who goes and makes more stones (disciples).

Sermon Notes:

To be prepared to go out to the harvest:

  1. Pray for the Harvest (1-2)
    1. Ministry is hard work so we must pray.
    2. How much do you pray for opportunities to share the gospel?
    3. The gospel is the greatest news ever given to mankind, and it needs to be shared!
  2. Work for the Harvest (3-16)
    1. Confidently
      1. Jesus is the one who sends us.
    2. Humbly
      1. Don’t go prideful.
      2. Go as a lamb (10:3).
      3. We don’t go in our own power.
    3. Light
      1. You don’t need a bunch of stuff. (10:4)
      2. You don’t need distractions.
      3. You don’t need fancy presentations.
    4. Some of us need a part-time job in evangelism.
      1. Look for a place that you can share the gospel.
      2. Our areas we naturally fall into don’t always provide opportunities.
    5. – What do you need to do to be one to win people to Christ?
    6. You will experience rejection. (10:10-11)
      1. Matthew 7:14
      2. Luke 10:16 – They are rejecting Jesus.
      3. Many people say they believe in God, but they don’t believe in Jesus.
  3. Rejoice at the Harvest (17-20)

10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (ESV)

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (ESV)

Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. (ESV)

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (ESV)

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (ESV)

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (ESV)

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. (ESV)