Summary: God's purpose for us, unity, receivers or producers
THE MULTYPLYING COMMUNITY
(How all of us join together to fulfill god’s Purpose)
Oct. 2, 2011
I have to share with you I’m 51 years old…I became a Christian about 3 months before my 18th birthday, but I was raised in the church…I had a Christian foundation growing up….I was influenced by the Bible through Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, camp, home….I knew the books….most of the stories…I had a biblical view of life…
I’ve been involved in ministry, in one way or another since I was 18….sharing my testimony…working with students as an intern through college…for 33 years I’ve done ministry.
Early on when I was young I wanted to have great youth ministry programs…I wanted my children’s ministry to be filled with really fun activities…and even in my early days as Senior Minister I wanted to plan the right things, organize the right programs, do the right ministries.
So I went to a lot of seminars…I loved to attend conventions and other programs…and don’t get me wrong…they were wonderful…led by godly people with godly motives…I’m just not sure I had my head on straight.
Too many of us think we will change the world with innovative strategies…if we come up with a catchy name for our program…if we can organize an elaborate convention, program, foundation…if we get the biggest names and the well known speaker…we can draw the biggest crowds to the biggest events.
We will have the mega-success at the mega-convention and possible become Christ’s megachurch. But I’ve learned something in my old, stint riddled life lived Jesus utterly dependent self…
Jesus is so different from most of our success driven thinking….
He wandered through the streets and byways of Israel looking for a few men…don’t misunderstand what I’m saying…He wasn’t casual about it…like it wasn’t of eternal importance. But he knew his mission would involve a revolution…It would not revolve around the masses or the multitudes…It wasn’t a program…The world would be turned upside down by a few “Radical” followers..He carefully shunned titles, labels, plaudits and popularity in his plan to turn history on its ear….
What he wanted was a few men who would think as he did, love as he did, see as He did, teach as He did, and serve as He did…all He needed was to revolutionize the hearts of a few , and they would impact the world.
I. JESUS TOOK A GAMBLE
As Jesus prepared to go to the cross and die…he prays to the father…and He recounts His ministry in the world.
He begins: “I HAVE BROUGHT YOU GLORY ON EARTH BY COMPLETING THE WORK YOU GAVE ME TO DO.” (John 17:4)
And then He describes His work…and it’s shocking…he doesn’t list all the great sermons he’s preached, or the amazing lessons he’s taught…he doesn’t talk about the 1,0000’s that came to hear him…he doesn’t list the miracles he performed…he doesn’t even mention Lazarus or raising the dead…Instead…