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Even the most trusted farmer’s almanac can’t fully predict what the next harvest will bring. The most seasoned farmer won’t always be able to accommodate unforeseen weather patterns and unpredicted pestilence. So with every planting there are measured expectations. Yes, each spring there is the hope of a bountiful harvest, but lurking also is always the possibility of something going tragically wrong. 

Should Christians measure their expectations for what will come of the field planted in Christ? Is there a place for caution? Are we being naive if we don’t approach work in Christ’s field with a healthy dose of reality and pragmatism? What kind of dreams and hopes can we have for gospel ministry and our Christian living? Are we being faithless workers if our expectations are anything less than consistent, healthy growth and vibrant blooms of power and success? Have we been unfaithful workers if the harvest doesn’t end up being what we had hoped? Are we working ourselves to a physical and possibly a spiritual death to meet an expectation God has never promised? Maybe we have become frustrated and disillusioned or lazy and careless with work in Christ’s field because our expectations aren’t what they should be.

A sermon series this summer, based on Matthew’s gospel, will help us measure our expectations not as a pessimist, optimist, or even a realist, but as a Christian. Guided by the teaching and encouragement of Jesus Christ himself we will meet work in his field fully aware of the storms and pestilence that are always on the horizon, but also filled with confidence, hope and zeal based on our Savior’s promises for his church.

July 11, 12 and 13 

            not earthly peace but Unfailing Love

July 18, 19 and 20

not a medal of achievement but a Yoke of Rest

July 25, 26 and 27

not ideal growing conditions but Excellent Seed

August 1, 2 and 3

not weed free but a Harvest of the Righteous

August 8, 9 and 10

not earthly wealth but Spiritual Treasure

August 15, 16 and 17

not answers to every question but Every Need Provided

August 22, 23 and 24

not an uncontested season but  a Solid Foundation