Sermon Series by Nathan Leal – Transcript Part 1a
The Planting of the Lord – An Introduction
This is going to be the beginning of a new series. As we journey into it, I believe that it is going to be a blessing to many of you.
The name of the series will be, “the Planting of the Lord.” It is going to examine and explore the fundamentals that every Christian must understand. It will include the topics of repentance, salvation, and the Christian’s walk into maturity. Aside from intellectual study, it will also provide nutrition for the spiritually hungry. I am confident in this, because the source of our study is going to be a deep layered journey into the Scriptures.
The Scriptures contain the treasure. They are the source of immeasurable wealth for the child of God who is spiritually hungry.
The Scriptures contain the words of hope, redemption and restoration. They are the source of strength for the one who is weary.
Are you weary my friend? If so, there is hope for you. God provided it, but we have to get a hold of it.
We – my friends. This means you and me. In this late hour, God’s people must strive to get a hold of His Word, and be strengthened by it. We’re going to need it.
Many of you know this. You’ve looked around, and you see where we are. The landscape speaks for itself and concludes that we need to be fostering spiritual readiness in ourselves and our love ones.
In this series, we are going to work toward that. We are going to find the treasure that’s in God’s Word. It’s in there folks; waiting to be discovered by the hungry soul. So if you are hungry for His Word, welcome to a treasure hunt.
If you are hungry, join us as we become spiritual prospectors and extract the priceless treasure of gold from the Bible. But be forewarned. I have a caveat. Studying the Bible in earnest is not for the casual Christian; or the compromising; or the earthbound resident of Babylon.
…It is for the hungry one who is seeking strength from God.
…It is for the wounded one who is seeking God’s ointment.
…It is for the thirsty one who is parched.
…It is for the child who is looking for Abba Father.
…It is for the one who is seeking God in holy desperation. And wants to find His hope, His shelter, and His truth.
It is for you! And those who want to find the truth.
It’s about truth, my friends. Because outside the walls of your house is a broth of deception and counterfeit. And out there is a spider’s web that is seeking to snare victims and devour souls with poison. The deception is out there folks! It is outside the four walls of your dwelling place, and the challenge is to keep it from sneaking into your dwelling.
I cannot say this enough brethren. “We are in a battle.”
When I say, “we,” I’m talking about those whose name is written in God’s Holy Book.
If your name is in there, this includes you. I’m talking to you, my friend. You are in a battle. And you’re also on a journey where you will either – endure and survive, or go astray, and wander in defeat.
I have to say this folks.
It’s either one of the other. A child of God MUST become a healthy plant of the Lord, and flourish into a tree, or they will spiritually fail.
And for you, spiritual failure cannot be an option, because God wants you to succeed. He wants to look at you someday and say, “well done.”
…Well done, will mean you didn’t quit.
…Well done, will mean you thirsted for righteousness.
…Well done, will mean your Bible was not a dusty book on the shelf.
…Well done, will mean you matured into a healthy tree of righteousness.
…Well done, will mean you found victory over the temptations that tried to defeat you.
These things can be done my friend. But they do not happen by giving up. They happen one way – by completing the race.
You can do it. And completing it means you’re nurturing these things…NOW!!!
That’s what it’s about. It’s about getting there. So to get there, we have to study what it means to be the planting of the Lord. Make note of those words – The planting of the Lord.
They must be understood as the theme of your Christian walk. If you are a follower of Jesus, then you are a planting of the Lord.
Think about it folks…
Your faith started as a seed. And one day, it sprouted.
It happened when you answered the convicting call of the Holy Spirit, and the seed of salvation exploded in your heart.
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ…” Ephesians 2:5
The Greek word for quickened in the verse above means, “to make one alive together.”
That’s what happens when a person answers the call. The spirit within is made alive with Christ. After that, the journey begins.
Do you remember that day my friend?
If so, from that point on, your job is to nourish the good seed of salvation into a healthy mature tree of righteousness.
I call it the good seed of salvation, because Jesus referenced salvation as coming from a good seed in a parable found in Matthew chapter 13:24.
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:…
…He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;…
In this parable, Jesus explained that children of the kingdom (those who were saved) come from the good seed…
“…The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom;…”
The parable goes on to tell us that alongside the good seeds are counterfeits who are children of Satan…