The Love of the Harvest (2 of 4) by James Merritt

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The Love of the Harvest (2 of 4)
Series: The Harvest
James Merritt
John 4:34-38

Introduction

1. We all know the name Billy Graham. He has spoken publicly about Jesus Christ, and preached the gospel to more people than any person in human history. He is easily one of the most recognizable and famous people on the face of planet earth. If anybody knows anything about the harvest, it is Billy Graham. Billy Graham said this:

The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men, and of nations, is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age, and take advantage of our opportunities.1

2. We are standing on the threshold of what could be the greatest ingathering of souls for the lord Jesus Christ, in the history of the church. At this moment more people on planet earth are lost and without Christ than ever before in human history. This world is ripe for the taking.

3. The opportunity for missions, evangelism, soul- winning, and kingdom growing, is unprecedented. There are more open doors in more countries to preach the gospel than ever before. Here in America, crime, drugs, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, the breakup of the family, have all combined to give us the most depressed, discouraged, disillusioned culture in our nation's history.

4. The question is not ''is there an opportunity?'' But ''will we seize the opportunity?'' Someone has said there are four things that never return: the word that is spoken, the arrow that is shot, the life that is past, and the opportunity that is neglected.

5. Well, the lord Jesus never failed to seize every opportunity to be a part of the harvest. In 4 Jesus met a woman at a well, and seized the opportunity to bring that woman into the kingdom of God. He did it ...


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