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28 November 2019

Thanksgiving Sermon: A Bountiful Harvest

Preached on 2 Corinthians 9:6–15
Thanksgiving Day
28 November AD 2019

Title: Click to hear the MP3 of A Bountiful Harvest

A Bountiful Harvest Summary: The Scriptures abound with agricultural images being used to describe God’s kingdom and our place in it. In today’s epistle, Paul challenges his readers to trust in the Lord’s promises to grant them full supply and to willingly give for the good of the Church and the expansion of the Kingdom.

Each of us who believes is here because someone else cast the Gospel seed. Now we are privileged to sow that seed ourselves in our daily lives and to further its spread in our support of those who carry the Gospel across our nation and around the world. We trust that the Holy Spirit will grant increase and bless the harvest on the day of our Lord’s glorious return.

Text: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Corinthians 9:6–15

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of A Bountiful Harvest

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 65; Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

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