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Let's Multiply!

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God takes what we offer him and multiplies it. So what are you bringing? Also, there is always so much left over!

Well, this series has been reallyreally fun. I've enjoyed preaching we've been in a lot of different places.We started with Abraham, if you remember that, and Abraham or guy gaveAbraham a vision to go and he's going to have as many descendants as thestars in the sky, and so he went outside. This was me in visioning. Hewent out inside and counted the stars and he probably got up to a couplehundred and if he was really really smart, he probably counted a thousand,and now we know with a space telescope that there are seventy sex, tillionplus stars out there, and so we started by saying that God wants to expand ourvision. God wants to do more than we can even understand even comprehend inthis moment, and then we talked about in the first couple chapters in thebook of acts, how God uses evangelism and generosity to fuel his mission onearth. Today, through the local church, people come to faith in Jesus and thechurch, rallies together and says: How can we help? How can we give? How canwe give of our time and our resources and our talents and more people getsaved and more people are generous and more people get say? That's anincredible cycle, and last week we looked at a guy named namen. He was acommander of the enemy army, the Syrian army, and he had an offering of fourpoint, three million dollars that he brought and he was like I'm going togive this to you and you're going to heal me of my leprosy and the King ofIsrael was like. I don't want your money and the license like. I don'twant your money either, but I'm going to give you a blessing, I'm going toheal you, and so it's just reminder that, like whatever we give, we cannever outgive God God's gift to us, as blessings to us are so much more thanwe could ever earn or deserve or repay, or anything like that, and so we'vealso had some really cool snacks. In the last couple of weeks. Hasn't thatbeen neat, we started with byler's donuts. Anybody like those donuts thatwe had a couple weeks ago, yeah we we should probably do that again. Yeahthose are really good. Then we also had a candy bar or a candy buffet. You knowit's getting all that yummy stuff, and then we had what was last popcorn andsodas yeah movie theater popcorn. It was so good and Jim and Jack you'resitting over here they did an incredible job plan and all that, so that was really cool. But to day I did we forget a snack fortoday. Today is the big day and we we forgot a snack today. Oh my goodness, we forgot a snack O, it's the it's the main day, but thisis what it's all it's all been and we forgot a snack come on. Does anyonehave any like? Can we share anything for everybody I mean to get you gotanything you look around. You know you get in your pockets, you got any. Wegot a Hershey Kiss job breaker there we go. Okay, there we go, that'll, be funwith Sherson. Come around what you got...

...you got. You got some sweetest fish andsome bread sticks here. Bring it up, bring it up, bringit up here, yeah bring it up that might that might work, I might do it. He just like found that you broughtthat with you today you were prepared yeah, you always have it you're, justin case all right, yeah this. What's this gonna do. This is like nothing. I could eat thisin two seconds. Well, I don't know we'll just leave itright here and pretend like it'll do something later, all right, that's not going to work! Yeah! That's right! It's like forkyHeah, all right! So, if you haven't guessed by now, the sermon today is thefeeding of the five thousand, and the story goes that Jesus brings hisdisciples out to a quiet place, to try and get away from the crowds. Well, thecrowds, don't let that happen, they show up there and there are a lot ofthem. There are five and men plus women and children, so fifteen twentythousand and the disciples are looking around like Jesus. Will you ever stoppreaching and Jesus is like go feed them and they're like with what, and sothey look around and they get two fish and five loaves and bring it to Jesusand say here: It is here's what we got and Jesus multiplies. It gives it tothe disciples they go and distribute it, and there is more than enough left over.At the end, every disciple has a basketful of leftovers after they'refinished, giving it to everybody an everybody's had enough to eat. Thepoint is: is that Jesus multiplies what we bring him, and so, if you have yourBible turn with me to mark chapter six, what's interesting is the feeding ofthe five thousand is the only miracle that is in all four gospels other thanthe Resurrection, and we're going to look at Mark Chapter today must havebeen important. It must have been very memorable in mark chapter six, and ifyou don't have your Bible, the words will be on the screen behind me. I'mgoing to do something special again to is a special Sunday, and I know ittakes a second to do this. So I want you all to stand for the reading ofGod's word, so that means you might have to put your recliner seat down andgive you a second to do that. No shame at all. No shame at all. Would youstand up for the reading of God's were says this? The apostles returned toJesus from their ministry tour and told him all that they had done and taught,and then Jesus said, let's go off by ourselves to a quiet, place and rest awhile. He said this because there were so many people coming and going thatJesus and his disciples didn't even have time to eat, and so they left byboat for a quiet place where they could...

...be alone, but many people recognized them and saw them. Leaving and peoplefrom the many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them, andJesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion onthem because they were like sheep without a shepherd, so he beganteaching them many things and late in the afternoon. His disciples came tohim and said this is a remote place and it's already getting laid, send thecrowds away, so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buysomething to eat, and Jesus said you feed them with what they asked. We'd have to workfor months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people. How muchbread do you have? He asked, go and find out. They came back and reported. We havefive loaves of bread and two fish, and then Jesus told the disciples to havethe people sit down in groups on the green grass, and so they sat down ingroups of fifty or a hundred there we go so. Jesus took the fiveloaves and two fish and looked up to heaven and blessed them. Then breakingthe loaves into pieces. He kept giving the bread to the disciple so that theycould distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone toshare and they all ate as much as they wanted, and afterwards the disciplespicked up. Twelve baskets of left over bread and fish, a total of fivethousand men and their families were fed from those loaves. Jesus multiplieswhat we bring him. You can be seated. Thank you for standing for that. That is the word of God, and we'retalking about. Multiplying, multiplying, starts with compassion, because if youcaught it right, they went away, they were trying to get away and Jesus sawthe huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he went back into the boatbecause he didn't want to deal with people right. That's that's not what itsays. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he hadcompassion on them. Jesus saw all of these people they're trying to get awaythe disciples just had this great ministry tour. He recognized they werewhere they were worn out. They had spent all their energy, they just beenministering, they need a quiet place to go, they need a quiet place to rest,they need a quiet place to pray, and God knows that we all need that, and soI'm looking forward to the beginning of this New Year in January, we're goingto do a sermon series about rest about managing our energy managing our time.It's really important Jesus modeled it for us. His disciples did it for us,but sometimes or all the time. There's interruptions, there's people that showup into those spaces, and it's like what do we do with them? Can they justgo away for a second can't? We just leave them be, and that's when we needcompassion. We need a feeling inside of our gut inour soul, in our heart, for people for...

...all different kinds of people, and whathelps build compassion in us is that we see people the way that God sees themand Jesus here. In this moment he saw them like what like sheep without ashepherd, and if you know anything about sheep you've heard a sermon aboutsheep. You know that she or stupid that's how he sees people they're,stupid and they're, dumb and sheep. You know what's interesting about sheep isthey're so dumb that they would just follow other sheep off a cliff, likethousands just one after another, jumping off a cliff to their death andsheep. If they get stuck on their back, their legs are flailing in the air.They can't do anything to turn themselves around. They need a shepherd.They need someone to lead them, someone to guide them, someone to care for themto protect them and that's what Jesus does for all of us he's the greatshepherd of the sheep, but without Jesus without him, peopleare like sheep, they just heard crazy and that's why it's helpful to havecompassion on somebody that responds in a certain way like a boss that givesyou the worst day ever you're like. Why does she do this? To me all of the time?Why does she respond this way? Well, she's, a sheep or that family memberthat you just got together with the Thanksgiving, and you can't wait to seeagain at Christmas time, and it's like this. Why why why why I just this goaway? I could care less about you and it's like well, maybe they're just stuck on their backwith their legs flailing in the air, and they need the great shepherd toshow up in their life and you as a as a little shepherd could can point them inthe right directions, could kind of tip them over a little bit and say: Heyhere's, somebody that cares for you, here's somebody that'll be there foryou and Jesus was that for these people, and so he saw them as a sheep without ashepherd and he he began teaching them many things. Jesus taught them. He was good atteaching. He wanted to lead them, he wanted to guide them, and so we canteach people to. We can teach them about Jesus about what Jesus has donefor us. We can absolutely do that, and some of us are great at that, andothers of US teaching is like. I do I'm not doing that. I'm not a teacher,maybe you're not, but you have something you are gifted with a certainstill or ability or talent or gift that God can use to help. You Point peopleto the great shepherd you can serve them. You can love them. You can takecare of them. You can do something to point somebodyto the great shepherd and Jesus for him. It was teaching, butgee multiplication starts with compassion, but then multiplicationstarts with us too, because look it's...

...getting lad. They're like how we goingto feed all these people and Jesus said you feed them. You feed them like you do it. Multiplication is aboutyou doing it. You feeding them you doing it and what's crazy in, like you thinkabout church or in our in our society, usually- and I think we just thinkabout this- with organizations and even businesses, a lot of times that we livein addition world. We think that if we just get people to come to Jesus, let'sjust bring him to Jesus and Jesus will be there and he'll just give themeverything that they need just one one, one one addition addition additionaddition, but Jesus doesn't say that he says you feed them, you do it, meaninghe's turning it around and entrusting you and trusting all of us with what hehas blessed with what he has already multiplied and he's saying you do it soas a church. We want to multiply and that's why we talk a lot about what youcan do, what God has gifted you to do, and certainly we want people to trickleinto church to come to a service and show up to a group and start to serveand like what you know that addition is always a thing, but we want to live inthe world of multiplication where it's saying you you do it, you do it and theorganization, the organism of the church is here to help you do it. So anexample of that is the Care Support Fund. It's like a benevolence fund. Alot of churches have this, but what's unique about. It is like we're sayingto you: There are people in your life that need you to care for them, so carefor them, and now we're saying that theorganization Your Church has money set aside to help you do this to help youfuel this mission, so people could call the church andpeople have called the church. They've called me right and they call me. Ianswer the phone and they tell me their story and sometimes it's a good story,and sometimes it's I don't know story and you just listen, and you say if wecan help them, then certainly we want to help them and one person calls andone person calls and one person calls and one person calls and if one personcalls enough times and maybe there's ten people, but if all of us care forthe people in our life, that's multiplying in effect andmultiplying an impact because it's not just reliant on one person or one place,it's entrusting you all to say you go, you feed them, you do it, which leads to the next point ofmollification that it demands dependent on God, because when we say you do it,you do it then you're like with what what what do I have to do? What do Ihave to give? I really do you know I...

...have very little resources very littlefood. I have very low capacity to do anything. Maybe my character isn't tothe level at which I wanted to be, or my competency about this particularthing is kind of low, like you want me to do it really and Jesus says, to the disciples, goand find out what you got get the people situated and Jesus took the fiveloaves and two fish from them. Jesus takes what we have and multipliesit, so we need to be dependent on Jesus. If we're going to multiply. If we'regoing to feed them, we need the first and always be dependent on Jesus, and then it just takes obedience. Multiplicationjust is obedience Jesus as he was blessing in and breaking it. He keptgiving the bread to the disciples so that they could distribute it to thepeople like just distribute it right. Just doit just drab some food and go and do it, you know that's as easy as it gets itjust is it just is a thing is just as do it. It's like Nike slogan, right,just do it, and so often in Christian world and another world to, but we justcome up with all these excuses of. I don't know not right now, I'm too busythis that the other thing and it's just like simple obedience. Just do it justdo it just distribute it just distribute the Gospel, just distribute,love, just distribute forgiveness, just distribute grace just distributed justdo it just do it. Multiplication is obedience, and as we do, it, modification alwaysleaves us with leftovers. At the end after the disciples haddistributed everything and they ate all as much as they want, and afterwardsthe disciples picked up. Twelve baskets of leftovers bread and fish after feeding, five thousand men andeveryone else. Every single one of the disciples had twelve baskets ofleftovers in their hands, one for each disciple, and that tells me that God, with God,there's always more than enough, there is always more than enough when youtrust God, when you follow God, when you do what he's calling you to do,when you give what he's given to you, there is always more than enough. Hesees you individually. They each had a basketful of leftovers for themselves. Jesus taught that we should seek first,the Kingdom of God and everything else will be added to us. It's like if weare just faithful with the little bit that God has given us. We are faithfulwith that. Then there's so much more.

That God wants to multiply when we giveour money. God multiplies the rest. When we give our time God multiplies.What's left over God always multiplies. What's left over, there is always morethan enough left over and whenever we give there is nothing is ever wasted.Whenever we give, God always uses it, he got he always he doesn't. Let it allanything go to waste. We might not see it right away, but Godis at work. He is growing the seeds that are planted e s e S. His worddoesn't return void when we share a verse when we pray for Somebody, God isalways using those things in people's lives, and we might see it later or itmight take into eternity to understand the impact that we've had. But Goddoesn't let anything that we give ever go to waste and with God there's always more than enough. He doesn't let anything that we give goto waste and then God he always well. How do I want to say it it'sright at the tip of my tongue. There we go. We can never outgive God,we can never outgive God, so they gave they gave they gave andevery single one of them had a basket full of leftovers and, like I said Godsees you individually, would somebody near these tables pull off t e, thecurtain or the there we go we got, somebody can can money, you come downhere and do that just take the table, cloth off and trayoff. There you go. There is always more than enough for every single one of us, like God, individually, sees what youneed knows what you need and provides what you need every single time, and so Jesus multiplies what we bring him andthe question to day is a simple one. What do you have to bring ham? What do you have to bring them? So ifyou have that white card that you might have received when you came in today,now is the time to pull that out and a pen, if you need one I have some downhere, will make sure you get a white card but you're going to write on thatcard. The answer to that question: What do you have to bring Jesus and then, after I talked for a littlebit and we listened to a song for a little bit, then I'm going to inviteyou to stand up and bring what you have and put it in the basket. There's abasket down here and a basket in the...

...middle down there and just as a way tosay Jesus, I'm bringing this to you and then after that, we're going towrap up our service and our time together. So what could you write onthat blank piece of paper? There's nothing special about that piece ofpaper, of course. But what could you write? Well, maybe you would write about yourtime that you want to give your time to Jesus. Maybe for you it's like a timeof day like the mornings I'm going to give my morning from eight o'clock toeight ten am to Jesus. What are you going to do in that time?I don't know. I figure it out later right, I'll, pray, I'll, read my BibleI'll do something. Maybe you can give a part of your day a part of your morning,part of some time to Jesus. Maybe you give a Tuesday night you'relike again, I don't know what I'm doing on Tuesday night, but Jesus it's yoursuse it. However, you want to use it. I'm available Tuesday nights, and maybe you havepeople over at your house for dinner. Maybe you've go out and volunteer somewhere. Maybeyou connect with your neighbors to a prayer, walk around your neighborhood,something but you've given Tuesday night your time to Jesus- or maybe maybe you want to give yourtalents to Jesus. Maybe you've got a gift, thor ability and you just want towant to use it- to bless people to serve people to love people to care forpeople and you're. Like I want to do this, I want to give them my mywhatever my skill or ability is. Maybe you get paid some big box to dowhatever you do and well, maybe you could do it for somebody in need forfree or give it to him as a blessing or something that makes a difference, animpact on their life to let them know that there is a God thatunconditionally cares about you, so you could bring them your time. Youcould bring him your talent, you could bring them your tent. That's a t wordof saying your stuff, your house, your car, the thing that you live in thething that you go to sleep in you know every day the thing that you drive isthere something that you can do with that to be a blessing to other people.If you offered that to God, what would he have for you to do? Or maybe it's your treasure, maybethere's something valuable to you that you want to offer to God and we've beentalking about an offering, maybe to you again, you've been coming. You'reprepared you've been planning, you've been feeling it all all week. Long andit's just like this is a big deal for you, given anoffering above and beyond. Maybe you just write that, maybe you just writewhatever whatever that is. It's been. It's been a cool thing forme and at least a to experience to, but whatever you write on that car,maybe maybe the simplest thing to write, but also the most challenging is justyour name, because, ultimately God just...

...wants you, he wants all of you everypart of you. He wants you to love him to serve him to worship him to liveyour life for him, and so maybe you just write your name on there, but whatever it is, I want to give youa couple minutes to think about it to write it down and then afterwards I will instruct you and will come downand give it, and here you don't have to give your offering in here. You couldjust put that in the offering boxes or give online or whatever you want to do.But this is specifically for this card all right. Here's the Song.

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