Tom Scott - 18/05/2014

Matthew 9:37-38


Date: May 19, 2014

Let me take a moment to remind you of the purpose behind the E-study.  Each week we send this out as a way of helping to reinforce the message that is shared on Sunday.  It is my hope that you will take a moment or two to work through the questions.  Maybe you could share these with your family or do them with a group of co-workers.

The message Sunday looked at the words of Jesus recorded for us in Matthew 9:37 and 38. It is here that Jesus spoke about the need for his followers to pray to God.  I used these words to help us develop the theme of Helpers Needed, which we are using for our Faith Promise Rally this year.  As you read these words of Jesus, think about the missionaries that are serving overseas.  These individuals are serving in difficult locations and under some extreme circumstances.  Here are five questions to help us think about praying for our missionaries.

1.  The message started with a story about a man in Tennessee who was bitten by a snake and the preacher thanked God for sending the animal as it caused the man to seek God’s help.  Has there ever been a time when you felt called to pray for a missionary?

2.   Jesus told his disciples that the harvest was plentiful as he looked out over the crowd of people who were following him.  In the world today there are more than 7 billion people and about half of them have no religious connection.  There are 6,700�unreached people groups in the world.  Where do we see the harvest is most plentiful today when it comes to those outside of Christ?

3.  As Jesus talked to his disciples, he said that the harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few.  I shared a little bit about the growing need for more missionaries in our world.  The missionaries we support are growing past the age of retirement.  Why do you think there is such a need in our world today for more workers when it comes to spreading the message of Christ?

4.  The second half of the message was devoted to praying for more workers.  This is what Jesus told his followers to do.  They were to ask the Lord of the harvest to send more workers.  Do you have a plan right now in place for praying for those that we support as a church?

5.  As the sermon came to a close I asked the church to  pray for more workers who will answer the call of God to go into all the world and make disciples.  In John 4:35 Jesus told his disciples that the fields were ripe unto harvest.  Today we see that the fields are still ripe.   What is one thing that you can do to encourage others who want to become missionaries and ministers for God?

Have a great week in the Lord!

*****************************Sermon Outline****************************************

Introduction: Missionaries are a great group of people.  Most of them work long, hard hours in difficult places around the world.  They boldly go where the Lord sends them.  We have an important task as sending agents for these individuals.  Prayer is one of the best ways to support a missionary who is serving on the field.  Every one of us can be a prayer warrior for the missions we support.

I.   Here is the situation.

A.   The harvest is __________________.Luke 10:1

B.The workers are ________________.1 Corinthians 3:9

II.Here is the solution.

A.   Pray for _________________ workers.  Ephesians 6:18-20

B.  Pray for ________________ workers.  John 4:35

Conclusion:   Jesus saw the crowds that were coming to him and he felt compassion for them.  He would turn to his disciples and ask them to pray for more workers who would help spread the good news about God’s plan of salvation.  Today, we must understand that there are thousands of  individuals who need the Lord.  Let’s take the time to pray for ourmissionaries as they try to serve the Lord in the fields where He has sent them.  

Key Thought:  Missionaries are more effective when the church is praying for them.

 Key Words:  plentiful, few, current, more


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