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1. The famous explorer, Rear Admiral Robert Peary, who is credited as being the first person ever to reach the North Pole, was on one of his many polar expeditions one time headed north with one of his dog teams. At the end of the day, when he stopped to take a bearing on his latitude, he was perplexed to discover that he actually was farther south than he had been at the beginning of the day.
2. The mystery was eventually solved when he found out that he had been traveling on a gigantic ice floe. Ocean currents were pulling the ice floe south faster than the dog teams were running north. In other words, he thought he was running in the right direction, but he was getting farther away from his goal.
3. I believe the modern day church is in that same situation. It is moving in many directions, trying many programs, attempting many tasks; but all the while getting further and further away from the goal that its founder, the Lord Jesus Christ, had for it from the beginning.
4. The one thing that interested the Lord Jesus more than anything else was the harvest. He calls himself in Matthew 9:38, ''The Lord of the Harvest.'' It was the harvest that moved him to leave the ivory palaces of heaven and come to a world of woe. He said in Luke 19:10, ''The son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.''
5. The harvest is also the reason we are here. He said in John 20:21, ''as the father has sent me, I also send you.'' Jesus Christ is still the Lord of the Harvest. And He is still calling for laborers to join him in sowing the Gospel seed and Reaping eternal souls for the Glory of God. I want you to see how the Lord Jesus viewed people as a harvest to be gathered.
I. THE MINISTRY JESUS SHARED WITH PEOPLE
1. ''And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, Preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing ...
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