October 13, 2019

Sowing and Reaping

Passage: Galatians 6:1-10
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  • Do you have harvest memories?
    • God has given the harvest
  • Harvest seems to be a dying thing
    • It is good to revive old practices
  • Sowing and Reaping
    • The Bible says a lot about sowing and reaping
    • Promises - Psalm 126:5
    • Warnings - Hosea 8:7
    • Laws - 2 Cor 9:6
  • Looking at v7-8
    • The law of sowing and reaping
      • Reading Gal 6:7-8
    • A direct application to the Christian
      • Reading Gal 6:9-10
  • Overview:
    • God has fixed laws
    • Two realms to sowing
    • Only two results

God has fixed laws

  • Many immutable laws of physics
    • God has established laws in the physical world
    • God has established laws in the moral world
  • God has set up a law regarding sowing and reaping
    • Sin - if you sow to sin, to self, to desire
      • You will reap corruption
      • God is not mocked (v7)
      • God sees everything
      • Do not be deceived
        • We can be deceived
        • Examples
      • Consequences of sin
    • Sow to the spirit of God

Two realms to sowing

  • You either sow to the flesh or you sow to the Spirit
    • This passage is directed to Christians
      • Although they are born again, yet they still struggle with their old nature
        • Gal 5:16-18
        • The flesh wars against the Spirit
    • This passage is also direct to all 
      • Everyone can choose to serve God and honour Him to choose to serve themselves
  • Sowing to the flesh - Sin
    • Examples
    • Corruption comes from this - God wants us to sow to the Spirit
    • Character traits
  • Sowing to the Spirit
    • You need the Spirit of God to sow in you
      • Convicted of sin
      • Turning bad soil into good, to receive the Word of God
      • Pointing you to Jesus Christ
    • You must first believe in Jesus Christ
      • Have you done this?
    • You love God
      • Obedient
      • Holiness
      • Pleasing God
      • Seek first the Kingdom of God - what do we prioritise?

Only two results

  • Sowing to the Flesh - Corruption:
    • The believer is kept by a loving God - they cannot be lost
    • They can miss out on so much
      • Miss out on blessings
      • Lose our joy in God
      • Become useless to the church
    • An unbeliever
      • Reading Gal 5:19-21
      • Will not inherit the Kingdom of God
      • 1 Cor 5
  • Sowing to the Spirit - Everlasting life:
    • Quantity and quality
    • Knowing God
    • The characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit
      • Reading Gal 5:22
      • Doctrine should result in a truly glorious life

Closing Remarks

  • Application:
    • Which is the best life to live?
    • Think of your soul as a garden
  • Choose to sow to the Spirit