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Ever Faithful: The Farmer Pt. 4

The Farmer Part 4

2 Timothy 2:1-7

Harvesting

After Ploughing the soil of the world, planting seeds of faith, watering with the source of Christ, we have the final product: A harvest of faithful souls! The quintessential virtues throughout this process are faith, patience, and consistent work. The Farmer has seen every step and having faithfully executed each step, he will assuredly receive a result. The fruit we share in is the righteousness of Christ.
 
The “First pick of the Crop” is the fruit of faith in Christ manifested in justification, sanctification, and ultimately the unseen glorification of God’s people. The brilliant thing about being Farmers for Christ is that we glory in Christ’s harvest. Every step comes to the climax of reproducing God’s original work through obedience and conformity to Him.

Reflection

  • How does your life reflect the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer? Is there one area you are weaker in then the others? Which is it and why?
  • What change can you make today to assist you with marching in step, running with endurance, and sowing with patience?
Written by: Bill Crawford
September 2020
 
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Ever Faithful: The Farmer Pt. 1

The Farmer Part 1

2 Timothy 2:1-7

The Farmer is an icon of patience, hard work, and consistency. He, more than anyone, knows the value of the hard work it takes day in and day out to reap a bountiful harvest. Paul encourages Timothy to emulate the farmer in his approach to hard work. The farmer has certain steps to follow in order to better ensure a good harvest and as we look at each of them, we will understand their significance to the Christian life.

Preparing the Soil

Before we can discuss the work of planting, watering, and harvesting we must first look at the soil we are using. When a farmer seeks to plant a field, he must prepare the soil and make sure it is ready for the seed. Oftentimes, we rush straight to the watering, expecting a harvest and we have not even prepared the ground for planting. The soil must be tilled and ploughed to ready it to accept seed for a healthy harvest. Read more…


Win Them Now Sermon Series

 

 


Nov 23, 2014
Jesus Leads the Way
Series: Win Them Now
Win Them NowChristians have no greater model for evangelism than that of Jesus Christ.  We can look at His life and ministry and clearly see His approach to reaching the lost.  In this message we look at three principles we can learn from Him; 1) Jesus’ life was not separate from His ministry, 2) Jesus looked for lost souls, not sinners, and 3) Jesus broke down societal barriers
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  • Nov 23, 2014Jesus Leads the Way
    Nov 23, 2014
    Jesus Leads the Way
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowChristians have no greater model for evangelism than that of Jesus Christ.  We can look at His life and ministry and clearly see His approach to reaching the lost.  In this message we look at three principles we can learn from Him; 1) Jesus’ life was not separate from His ministry, 2) Jesus looked for lost souls, not sinners, and 3) Jesus broke down societal barriers
  • Nov 16, 2014No Greater Love
    Nov 16, 2014
    No Greater Love
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowIn this latest message in our series “Win Them Now” we look at the nature of God’s love and what that means to mankind.  God’s love can reach anyone regardless of their past and it can hold onto those who have put their faith in Him.
  • Nov 2, 2014Redemption Foretold
    Nov 2, 2014
    Redemption Foretold
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowThe promise of a Messiah was the direct result of a loving God who is intricately involved in the lives of His creation.  God meticulously orchestrated events through the entirety of the Old Testament to foreshadow the need for a Savior and His substitutionary atonement for mankind.
  • Oct 26, 2014Hell: It’s Real!
    Oct 26, 2014
    Hell: It’s Real!
    Series: Win Them Now
    Win Them NowSatan has worked tirelessly since Eden to convince mankind there are no consequences for the rejection of God.  He has managed to convince generations hell is a place made up to scare children into behaving and to control the weak minded.  The Bible clearly teaches a place exists right now, where those who reject God will be sent until the final judgment; a place of physical and mental torments.  Once judged, they will be sentenced to the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels to spend eternity dying, but unable to find relief.  The good news is, God prepared a way so no one has to spend eternity tormented, but it requires belief in Jesus Christ and submission to Him as Lord of your life.
  • Oct 5, 2014Enter The Serpent
    Oct 5, 2014
    Enter The Serpent
    Series: Win Them Now

    Win Them NowAs a society we have convinced ourselves the great advances in science and technology are somehow a barometer of the morality of man.  The hard truth is as we progress scientifically and technologically we are actually regressing morally.  Our world is but a shadow of the intended purpose of God’s creation.  The good news is that this world is not all there is! We have a Redeemer Who offers real peace, real joy, and real hope in spite of crime, sickness, and natural disasters.



Equipped for Victory Part 2

Previously, we looked at the necessity of prayer for the equipping of believers in the body of Christ. Today we are going to look at the actual equipment the believer has available to them. In Ephesians 6:14-17, the Apostle Paul details the spiritual equipment issued to every person who accepts Christ as Lord and Savior. This equipment is not optional. Its proper and consistent use is required for the believer and the church to walk in victory.

As believers, to have access to resources which can help us walk in spiritual victory and to not use them is foolishness.  Unfortunately, many of us hang our spiritual armor in the closet and leave it there to collect dust. We then struggle daily in our spiritual lives and wonder what has gone wrong. Calling upon God for assistance, when what we need has been in front of us all along.                                                                                                                                                                 

In this chapter, Paul lists six pieces of armor vital to the believer. Each of them is below and linked to a message specifically for it. I encourage you to take the time to listen and learn the importance they play in our spiritual lives.

  1. Belt of Truth (v.14)
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness (v.14)
  3. Feet Shod in Peace (v.15)
  4. Shield of Faith (v.16)
  5. Helmet of Salvation (v.17)
  6. Sword of the Spirit (v.17)


The Holy Spirit Indwells Us

As discussed in our previous post, the Holy Spirit is God and His activity in the life of a believer is critical to our spiritual fulfillment.  In the next several posts, we will look at how He is important to our lives each and every day.

Today we focus on the spiritual truth, He indwells us. Romans 8:9 says, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.”  When we accept Christ as Savior and make Him Lord over our life (Romans 10:9, 10), the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of us.  He is God’s seal upon our lives declaring to the world and assuring us, we belong to Him (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13). Read more…