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SERMON PLAN: HARVEST

WATER OF LIFE


INTRODUCTION

1 – RAIN! Where would we be without it? See the meditation on:

‘WATER OF LIFE’.

2 - Discuss good and bad points, e.g. drought and flooding can both lead to loss of crops/lives. Discuss our weather, (usually just enough to ensure good harvests  every year); we tend to take it for granted.


3 – The rain this year = awareness of what other people in other countries have to put up with every year. What has it taught us?


4 – Water is basic to life. In the west we take it for granted and abuse it.


5 – Give the good example of water in Iceland.


MIDDLE

1 - How can we become better stewards of the water God has given us?


2 – Being good stewards of our water supply is a matter of life and death.       (Discuss.)


3 – Wealth and technology: we in the west have both to make sure we make the  best use of water.


4 – We need to share our knowledge with the emerging world; this is a way of  thanking God for His Blessings to us. Suggest ways.


5 – John 4: 10 – 14, Jesus gives us, ‘living water’, which will give us eternal life.    (Discuss.)


6 - The Holy Spirit ensures us of our own individual supply and the Bible is our  manual for its use. Without Jesus we will die! We have to make sure we use it   properly. (Discuss.)


END

1 - God calls us to be ‘good stewards of all that He has given to us. We have the  responsibility of using it for the good of the whole church and not just for ourselves and in the service of others.


2 – Would one of the best ways of saying ‘Thank-you’ to God this year for the  Harvest, be to make a pledge that we will in future be more responsible for how we use water and by helping to raise funds, including our own giving, to make sure that people in the emerging world have at least clean drinking  water for their children and the education and technology to be able to help  themselves?