Sowing and Reaping–7

The Sum. The phrase “sowing and reaping” refers to the agricultural matter of planting seed and producing a harvest of crop, something very familiar to the people in the Bible. It is also used figuratively in the Bible to describe various spiritual activities, including the matter of people coming to “believe and be saved” orContinue reading “Sowing and Reaping–7”

Sowing and Reaping–6

The Farmers. We have noticed that sowing and reaping is a metaphor in Scripture that is applied to some  different activities. Our focus has been on its application to evangelism. We noted that the basic principle of the metaphor is that sowing seed leads to reaping fruit, if the soil is good. So far weContinue reading “Sowing and Reaping–6”

Sowing and Reaping—5

Growth. So far in this series of posts we have considered agriculture in the ancient world, noted the basic truth that sowing leads to reaping, identified the seed as the word of the kingdom, and explored the different types or soils or hearts that receive the word. Our consideration of the soils led us toContinue reading “Sowing and Reaping—5”

Sowing and Reaping—4

The Soils. The best place to consider how the soil affects sowing and reaping is the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; Mark 4:1-9, 13-20; Luke 8:4-8, 11-15). Several aspects of ancient farming, which we explored in the first post in this series, are reflected in this important parable. For example, we noted thatContinue reading “Sowing and Reaping—4”

Sowing and Reaping—3

The Seed. In this series (begins here) we have discussed literal farming in the ancient world, the basic principle of sowing and reaping, and a number of related lessons. Our focus in the series is the passages that use sowing and reaping figuratively to describe people coming to Christ. Today we will explore the seed.Continue reading “Sowing and Reaping—3”

Sowing and Reaping—2

The Principle (John 4:35-38). The Bible uses the ancient practice of farmers sowing and reaping to help us understand how people embrace Christ. One rich passage about this is: 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields areContinue reading “Sowing and Reaping—2”

Sowing and Reaping—1

Understanding Agriculture in the Ancient World. The Bible compares the work and growth of the kingdom to sowing and reaping. This agricultural figure of speech can help us in our work in the Lord’s harvest field. We will draw better and more biblical conclusions from the passages that use this metaphor, however, if we firstContinue reading “Sowing and Reaping—1”

Motivation for the Mission—9

Glory to God. We have been exploring motivations for the mission of telling others about Christ in hopes that we can find motivation to actually do so (series begins here). Another great motivation for telling about him is knowing that when we do, it gives glory to God. We might surmise that telling others aboutContinue reading “Motivation for the Mission—9”

Motivation for the Mission –4

Compassion. A part of the unique superiority of the New Covenant is that God gives us resources to help us do the things he calls us to do. In the case of our calling to tell the good news about Christ, one powerful resource he has given us is motivation. The motivations we have consideredContinue reading “Motivation for the Mission –4”

Motivation for the Mission – 3

Christ’s Love for Us. God has given us a mission of showing and telling the good news about Jesus to others, and he has also provided resources to help us do so. One important resource is motivation. It is so much easier to do what we are motivated to do than what we merely thinkContinue reading “Motivation for the Mission – 3”