This last Sunday, we wrapped out our series "Gospel Footprint" by looking at Matthew 9:35-38:
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38, therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”-Matt 9:35-38(ESV)
We covered the following main ideas in the sermon:
- Jesus was active
- The text says that Jesus "went". He didn't wait for people to come to Him to hear the good news 0f the Kingdom. We want every man, woman, and child in our lives to have repeated opportunities to see and hear the Gospel of Jesu without having to go anywhere. Are we on the move towards people like Jesus?
- Gospel proclamation and coincides with Kingdom realities
- We saw that Jesus wasn't JUST teaching or JUST healing peoples diseases and affliction. He was doing both. We must be able to proclaim with words the good news of Jesus and hear from God how we can be a part of His Kingdom reality coming into the places where we live work and play. What would change where you live,m work, and play if the Gospel of Jesus took root in that place?
- Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion
- Jesus didn't just walk thru the crowds and miss the people in it. The text in Matthew says that Jesus SAW the crowds and that He had compassion on them. Do we really SEE the people God has placed in the places where we live, work, and play or have we stopped seeing them? Do we feel what God feels towards those who are "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" or do we think they should get it together first? Let us ask God to break our hearts for those He wants us to reach!
- The Harvest is plentiful
- Did you know there are just under 55,000 people in a two-mile radius from Lansdowne Alliance Church's building? There are so many people who need to hear and see the good news of Jesus!
- Our response? Pray, pray, pray
- Jesus doesn't just let us wonder what to do about all of this, but instead gives us very clear instructions: Pray. We must return to LOOKING UP in prayer if we want to have the power to reach those around us!
At the end of the sermon, we heard a challenge to ask the Lord of the harvest to bring to our mind three people who are far from God but close to us. Have you done that this week? Will you? Will you continue to pray for those names each day? God is on the move in Lansdowne, will we join Him in bringing the people around us into His Kingdom and our family?