1. THE FOUR FIELDS:
|Field One: The Ploughing Field||Field Two: The sowing field|
|Field Four: The Harvest Field||Field Three: The Growing Field|
2. THE PLOUGHED FIELD: PREPARATION
This field is where we sort out why we are going in the first place. This is where we plough our heart and life so it is ready to go into the harvest without being full of weeds and rocks
Luke 8:6-7:Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
It’s where we pick up the heartbeat of heaven for a lost world.
It’s where we find God’s vision for our area.
It’s where we get our passion for souls.
It’s where we plough the weeds out of our life.
It’s where we get our burden for a lost and dying world.
It’s where we sense the Father’s desperate desire to use us to reconnect with his lost sheep.
It’s where we find out exactly what was motivating Jesus for his 3 years of ministry.
It’s where we identify with the Great Commission.
It’s where Luke 4:18-19 becomes our own mission statement.
Without this vision of victory and sense of urgency we will never go to the lost. We will never move on to field two if we have not ploughed field one of our lives.
3. PRINCIPLES TO FOLLOW
Always begin with the end in mind. The missions message of Matthew 28:18-20 should be the centre of everything we ever do in our Christian community. Therefore field one is the most important field of all (Matthew 6:10)! Our human heart must tune in to God’s heart or nothing happens (John 4:34-36).
A vision of victory, not defeat, is essential (Luke 10:2) All movements start with a vision, so we must tap into God’s vision, both global and local So ask: What needs to change in me before I can start? Die to self. The important thing is to be walking close to Jesus and stay tuned in to the Holy Spirit.
We must be baptised with water (Luke 3:21) We must be baptised in the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22) a strong prayer life (Luke 5:16) based on Luke 10:2 is the only foundation. We must also always be led by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus modelled for us (John 5:19)
Jesus was a master at strategy so follow his example. He went specifically to Galilee. First to his Oikos, which means his household, and his village (Luke 4:14-16), then to others nearby at Lake Galilee. Then to all the 200 villages in Galilee (Luke 10:1). He mobilised disciples to duplicate and multiply himself across this region. The result was a mass movement of tens of thousands of followers before he went to the cross. Jesus reached his goal in 3 years.
So study your Oikos, list them and pray for them. Study the unreached people groups in your local area, your Galilee. Who is in need? Where are they? How do we get into their world? How do we meet them? Strategise with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Once the first disciples have been reached they will instantly know who to reach and how to reach them as they are insiders to their local area and culture. Make sure you use the key strategy Jesus told us to use (Luke 10:1-17)Just get started!
4. TO DISICPLE OTHERS YOU MUST BE A DISCIPLE
- These are the attributes of a disciple:
- They deny self (Matthew 16:24)
- They have a strong love for Jesus (Luke 14:26)
- They forsake all (Luke 14:33)
- They do not turn back (Luke 9:62)
- They are steadfast in the word (John 8:31)
- They love one another (John 153:35)
- They are fruitful (John 15:8)
- They have paid the price (Luke 14:28-32)
- They imitate Christ (Luke 6:40)
1. Share this lesson with several people
2. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to plough the spiritual weeds out of your life
3. Are you willing to fast and pray for the harvest?
4. Ask God what his vision is for your:
5. Oikos (family and friends)
6. For your Galilee (local area, village or city, workplace, local market etc)