Icebreaker: What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to learn about the laws of a harvest.

Genesis 8.22 NLT As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.

Discussion: There are 6 laws of God to producing a Harvest. Understanding the importance of these laws is key to seeing any fruit in our lives. Last week, we talked about the first 3 laws of producing a harvest. Today, we will be discussing laws 4 through 6. We will be learning that we will harvest more than we've sown, the harvest comes in a different season than we plant, and that every harvest has thorns and thistles. 

Law #4 - we will harvest more than we have sown.

Luke 6.38 NLT Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.

Q1- The disciples gave 5 loaves and 2 fish, and harvested 12 baskets. Meaning they got back way more than they put in. Have you ever seen God do something like this in your life or in someone you know?

Q2- At first, the disciples didn't understand that the little they had was seed for a big harvest. Have you ever looked at "the little you have" as not enough to make a difference?

Q3- You never harvest in the same season you plant. Does knowing this give you peace about the waiting process?

LAw #5 - we will harvest in a different season than we planted.

Galatians 6.9 NLT So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Q4 - The Harvest will come if we are willing to wait for it. Name something you're believing God for in the future.

Q5 - What seed can you start planting now to prepare you for the new season?

Law #6 - Every harvest will have thorns and thistles. 

Genesis 3:17-18 NLT And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.

Thorns and Thistles: represent obstacles, hardships, the enemy, warfare, offenses, resistance struggle, suffering, pain, difficulties, persecution. 

Q6 - Are there any Thorns and Thistles that you may be facing to get to your harvest?

Q7 - The enemy tries to plant thorns in our minds (to get us to think about the obstacles, hardships, etc). Are there any thorns that you'd like to renounce (speak out against) that have been distracting you from the harvest?

Declaration:

I declare that I will wait patiently for the harvest! I believe I will receive more than I have sown. Even if what I sow is small, I will see a greater return. I will continue to stand firm and wait for the harvest to come. I will fight through the thorns and thistles, and keep my attention on Jesus! 

Application:

Practice sowing seed this week for you future seasons to come. Sow seed by investing in your relationship with God, serving the Kingdom by volunteering in a ministry, or even giving towards some of the great outreach projects at the church (men's home, women's home, outreach, food pantry, etc).