God’s plan to reach the world
Theme for 2018 is multiplication. We’ve spent this past year, and are continuing now through the Disciples Path, a Journey of discipleship.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25: 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Today, we’re going to talk about God’s plan to reach the world – multiplication. Spoiler alert – IT INVOLVES YOU! God’s plan for multiplication goes all the way back to Genesis.
Genesis 1:28 New International Version (NIV)
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
God’s plan for multiplication started with Adam and Eve…Why?
- God created man and woman in His image.
- God built into humankind an organic strategy to multiply human beings in the likeness of God. To multiply would fill the earth with His glory.
God’s promise to His chosen people continues even in the midst of slavery and the onslaught of evil – they grew and multiplied.
Exodus 1:12-13 : 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly.
God’s plan for multiplication is clearly seen through the parable of the sower that Jesus told.
Matthew 13:23 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
- The good soil is someone that hear the Word and understands it.
So what is God’s plan for multiplication?
- Matthew 28:19-20 – MAKE DISCIPLES
- Why is that difficult – if you are not Falling in love with Jesus more each day yourself, you can’t show someone else how to. It has to start with you and move towards others
Your time with God in the Word and prayer will directly impact your part in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Throughout the New Testament, we see the church multiply:
In Acts 6, it says, “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing… So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 12: “But the word of God continued to increase and spread.” Acts, chapter 13: “The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” Acts, chapter 19: “In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”
Revelation 7:9 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
From beginning to end in the Bible, multiplication is God’s plan for his kingdom.
Paul makes this point clear to Timothy as he is writing to him, mostly likely right before his martyrdom. Paul is talking to Timothy about how he is to multiply. Let’s look at this passage together:
2 Timothy 2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
- We have 4 generations of people represented in this section.
THE POINT: God’s plan for reaching the world involves you!
- You have been called by God to disciple others.