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John 4:31-38

Look Up and Harvest

October 18, 2009

Simon Goncharenko

21 FELLOWSHIP – SBC

Outline

 

I.                   My 1st priority is to do God’s will – vv. 31-34

a.       Spiritual pursuits trump material necessities – vv. 31-33.

b.      Pursuing God’s will is the 1st of spiritual pursuits – v. 34.

 

II.                Harvesting without choosing is God’s will for each one of us – vv. 35-38

a.       There are always ready fields around – v. 35.

                                                              i.      Only Jesus knows which ones are ready and when – v. 35

                                                            ii.      The readiness of the fields has nothing to do with our preferences – v. 35

b.      Therefore, we must be always ready for work – v. 36-38.

                                                              i.      There is always harvesting work that can be done in the kingdom – v. 36.

                                                            ii.      The heavenly reward for doing heaven’s agenda is fruit which brings joy – v. 36.

                                                          iii.      Reaping and sowing is divided and assigned to different folks – vv. 37-38.

 

Harvesting Tool: A Sample Gospel Presentation

 

The Bad News/Good News approach is an easy way to understand the gospel.

 

 Bad News #1 – We are all sinners (Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”).

Bad News #2 – The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23, “For the penalty of sin is death …”).

 

Good News #1 – Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!”).

Good News #2 – We can be saved through faith in Christ(Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you’re saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast”)