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Summary: Designed to stimulate believers to evangelize in order for there to be quantitative growth in the Kingdom

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Victory Christian Outreach Church

(Victorious Faith Ministries)

The Need For Multitudes: Jn 15:16

by

Bishop David Ibeleme

Sunday 17th March 2002

The concept of evangelism denotes multiplication, however many are not too excited about this.

Why Many Don’t Want Multitudes:

1) The “Few Mentality”: Jg 7v2-7; Is 59:16; Ez 22:30.

v Idea that God doesn’t need multitudes because He is God all by himself

v He needs only a few and in some cases only one, so what’s the fuss.

2) Conflicts Arise With Multitudes: Acts 6v1; Ex 18

v Some, would rather not deal with conflicts, so they detest the idea of multitudes

3) Increased Diversity: Acts 10v9-20; 15; Gal 2

v This puts a demand on our tolerance, creating a need for spiritual growth or maturity.

v This means we have to change.

v The process of change is not always pleasant though the result is.

4) It Puts A Demand On Our Administrative Capability: Acts 6v1-7; Jn 6v5-13;

v Many don’t want to get involved in the difficult job of functioning in leadership/management.

v Being in the “hot seat” – having to make tough decisions.

5) It Puts A Demand On Our “Limited” Resources: Jn 6v9

v Economic theory makes us perceive that our resources are inadequate or limited.

6) It Places A “Personal Growth” Demand On Us: Acts 6; Ex 18v17ff

v More babies are being born, so the cribs are needed. I have to make room.

7) It Attacks Our Selfishness: Acts 2/4; Ex 18v15-16.

v Makes us have to share things we would rather hold unto eg resources, position/authority.

v We would rather “own it all” or “do it all or do it by ourselves”.

v There is a fear of, not being needed or being redundant.

Why Multitudes, Is there really a need for them?

1) We Are Created To Multiply: Gen 1:26; Jn 15:16; Ps 115:14

v It is part of our “God ordained” destiny. We cannot be fulfilled without it.

2) It Is The Way Success Is Measured: Gen 26v12-14; Deut 1:10: Matt 25v14-30:

v Every living thing must grow.

v Hebrew word for multiply (rabah)= resources (to furnish), abundance, success, to excel.

3) It Is The Way Strength Is Measured: Ex 1:7-12; 2Kg 6v14-15; 2Chron 20v12.

v Hebrew word for mighty (atsam) = powerful, as bone or to break bones, strength.

4) God Is Honoured Or Glorified By It: Jn 15:8; Jer 30:16ff; Prov 14:28;

v It is His handiwork so He delights in it.

5) It Is Needed To Do The Great Commission: Mk 16:15ff; Acts 1:8.

v The extent of the task- it is a global one. Hab 2:14

v No man can fulfil this task alone.

v Labourers are needed. Matt 9:35ff.

6) There Is Protection In Multitudes: Acts 18:8ff; Acts 5:26.

v It increases influence hence boldness, Greek word for multiplication (plethuno)= to influence.

v Jesus was delivered Matt 21:46 and then crucified Lk 23:21, because of the influence of multitudes.

v Needed to break new grounds and operate in governmental authority Acts 4:23ff.

7) It Is The Result Of Fulfilling The Commission: Acts 2v41-47/4v4

v Greek word for multiplication (plethuno)= to fill, to fulfil, to accomplish.

v It is impossible to fulfil the great commission and not grow or multiply.


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