In this sermon, Pastor Neil helps us see our mission from Christ’s perspective: to further the Kingdom of God: praying for workers and stepping out in faith to bring in a great spiritual harvest. Here are some excerpts:
Jesus tells us to pray. For what? For workers– laborers to work in the Lord’s harvest field. Notice: It is not a harvest issue; it is a laborer issue. It is workers who are needed to bring in the harvest of souls that God is gathering in Himself. We have a mandate from theLord Jesus Himself to pray, and to pray specifically for people to labor in the Lord’s mission field. It is not that we are not to pray for people who don’t yet know Christ as Savior and Lord. We should. But here Jesus Is telling us to pray for people to serve in His mission field.
So, just as there is a need to pray, there is a need for people to go. This need for people to go out in Jesus’ name includes people like Stephanie Fry (Haiti) and Chris and Robyn Zickmund (Belgium). It includes all of the missionaries we support. But it also includes us, because God is calling us as His church to be His missionaries in Kingstowne and the surrounding communities.
“The harvest,” says Jesus, “is plentiful.” The harvest is abundant. It is larger than we imagine. In the 2,000 years since the days of Jesus’ incarnation, millions and millions of men, women, girls, and boys have found salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death on the cross for undeserving sinners. Think about that. Think about the fact that you and I, if we sincerely trust in Christ for salvation and desire His help to live a holy life, are part of the harvest. We are included in the harvest. It is impossible to calculate the actual size of this spiritual harvest. But we can be sure that it is epic.
…I feel passionate about the compassionate heart of Jesus and His desire for us as a church to join in the harvest of souls He is gathering to Himself, including souls in His harvest field right here in Kingstowne, where too many people do not yet know or follow the King of Kings. Will you: