The Laborers Are Few

TEXTMatt. 9:36-38

INTRODUCTION:

A.      UNEMPLOYMENT - SOME CAN'T FIND WORK - HELP WANTED ADDS.

B.      SAME IS TRUE IN THE CHURCH - MUCH WORK - WE MUST OPEN OUR

          YES AND APPLY OURSELVES.  WE ARE NEEDED!!

C.      WHO'S GOING TO DO THIS WORK?( vs. 38 ).  IF WE ARE CONCERNED

          ENOUGH TO PRAY, ARE CONCERNED ENOUGH TO DO?

D.      WHAT CAN I DO?

I.      THE EASIEST, MOST FUNDAMENTAL THING - BE HERE!

A.      FIRST MEASURE OF FAITHFULNESS( Heb. 10:24-25;  3:12-13 ).

B.      THINGS ACCOMPLISHED IN THE ASSEMBLY.

          1.       We teach and admonish one another( Heb. 10:24;  Col. 3:16 ).

          2.       We fellowship on another and Jesus( 1 Cor. 10:16-17;  Matt. 18:20 ).

          3.       We show support for the truth to teach the outsider( Acts 11:26 ).

C.      WHAT CAN I DO?

          1.       Be here!                         3.       Call the MIA's.

          2.       Encourage others.           4        Participate( Phil. 4:4 ) Joyfully- Be positive.

II.     WE MUST PREPARE TO TEACH OTHERS.

A.      2 Tim. 2:15.  STUDY IS NECESSARY( 1 Pet. 3:15 ).  PREPARE THE MIND.

B.      PREPARE THE LIFE( 1 Tim. 21:22-26 ).

C.      PREPARE THE HEART( Isa. 6:8 ). IS THIS SOMETHING WE WANT TO DO?

D.      WE FUNCTION AS A BODY HERE( Eph. 4:15-16 ).

E.      WHAT CAN I DO?

          1.       Identify prospects - Be aware.

          2.       Develop prospect.  Look for opportunity, invite, strategize.

          3.       Teach!!!

III.    ARE WE DOING OUR WORK IN THE MATTER OF GIVING?

A.      GIVE AS WE HAVE BEEN PROSPERED( 1 Cor. 16:1-2 ).

B.      CHEERFUL DISPOSITION COMES OF CONCERN( 2 Cor. 9:7;  8:5, 12 ).

IV.   THERE IS LABOR IN THE AREA OF BENEVOLENCE.

A.      Jas. 1:27;  Gal. 6:10;  Phil. 2:3-4.

B.      THE CHURCH HAS A RESPONSIBILITY( Rom. 15:25-27 ).

C.      THE CHURCH NEEDS MANPOWER.

V.    WE HAVE A DUTY TO LABOR FOR THE LORD IN OUR DAILY

        LIVES( 1 Tim. 4:16;  Phil. 1:27 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.      WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?( Luke 10:7 ).

          1.       From where do we seek our reward?  Men will disappoint( Matt. 6:1 ).

          2.       Matt. 10:42.

B.      1 Cor. 15:58.

C.      ARE YOU PRAYING FOR LABORERS?  IS THAT A REAL CONCERN?

D.      LET'S UNDERSTAND OUR PART IN ANSWERING THAT PRAYER.