EXPONENTIAL—1

SEED OF FAITH

Talk to those you who feel like you’re settling in life.

Maybe at one time—.

Jabez—Bless me, Enlarge territory—Use me—Miracle.

Now—Willing settle for consolation prize—Something, Anything.

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  • Single gal: Believing you man of God—6 foot, Fit, Loves Jesus

Provider—Dad—Humor—Loves traveling—Old Movies—Kisser

5 years later: Believing for a man—Male. Breathing. Job nice

  • Start business, Glorify God, Make money—Love—Just pay rent.
  • Kids: Read books, Bedtime stories, Pinterest party—Not kill ‘em.

Message for those— of what God will do.

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  • You have no idea what God may produce through a single planted in .

Abraham and Sarah—Hurting—Wanted baby—Couldn’t conceive.

Everyone—Pregnant—Baby showers—Lamaze—Where is God?

Genesis 12: Leave your home—Go land show you.

Father many nations—Children—Grandkids.

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Pick out names—Nursery theme: Star WarsMy Little Pony

Sarah reads, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Plan “Instagram reveal

Month goes by—Nothing—Another month—Nothing.

1 , the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings ?” Genesis 15:1-2

Gen 12—Father of nations—Gen 15.

At least a after promise in Gen 12.

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A decade or more of Unfulfilled PromisesUnrealized Expectations.

Every month—Disappointed—Decade (120 months)

  • Pay off credit card by this summer!
  • My dad will come to Christ—Meaner.
  • By next Xmas—Dating future spouse

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From .

Lowering expectations—Many nations—Son.

what through .

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Exponential: When it comes to life, faith, God’s blessings…

  • We tend to think .
  • God thinks .

Be fruitful and multiply—Amy’s Dad.

Jesus seed—Sower went out to sow some seeds.

Sower sows seed—Some 30 times, some 60 times, some 100 times.

No idea what God can do through a single seed planted in faith.

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Abraham/Sarah want son—Decade passes—Don’t see a thing.

Just because you don’t see anything

Doesn’t mean God isn’t doing something.

Just because you don’t see it

Doesn’t mean that God isn’t doing it.

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Gideon Story—315 million bibles

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Like —No tree yet—Where’s the tree?—Nothing.

God’s working on little seed

Rain—Sun—Opened—Roots forming.

Before you see fruit—God is growing root.

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Abraham had the same problem we have:

Limited perspective.

In a tent—Telling God what he doesn’t see.

Don’t see you working—Don’t see anything happening.

  • Not married yet—Don’t see prospect.
  • Buried in debt—Don’t see how get out.
  • Report came back—Not good—Don’t see God anywhere.

You are not doing what I wanted…

If God met all your expectations,

he’d never have chance to exceed them.

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Abraham is in the tent—Telling God what he doesn’t see.

Then the Lord Gen 15:5

The Lord meets Abraham—limited context

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Part of what I hope to do—as your pastor—.

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Your thoughts are not God’s thoughts

Ways are not God’s ways.

As heavens—higher than earth—his ways—thoughts.

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and said to him, “ into the sky and . !” Gen 15:5

Stunned. Shaken. Silenced.

Sorry—Thinking AdditionMultiplication

SonNations!

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If you belong XYou are one of those starsSeed of Abraham.

Verse and Song

29 If you belong to Christ, Gal 3:29

Father Abraham—Many sons, Many sons had Father Abraham

I am one—So are you—Let’s just praise

Abraham was thinking of a son

God was also thinking of YOU!

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Never measure God’s unlimited power

by your limited expectations.

No idea can God can produce through a single seed planted in faith.

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One bible seed—315 million

One prayer prayed

One gift given—One seed sown!

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Just because don’t see God working

Doesn’t mean not doing something.

Don’t have much faith

If you have the faith of a mustard seed

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Do not grow weary…

Miracle—Breakthrough—Salvation—Blessings—Ministry!

He can Exceedingly—Abundantly—More!

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20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small , you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matt 17:20 NLT

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 And Abram , and the Lord counted him as righteous . Genesis 15 NLT

Your life is a seed.Setting context for death on the cross—Explaining to disciples…

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only . But if it dies, . John 12:24

The seed is ineffective—Unfruitful—as long as it’s preserved.

Play it safe—Believe for little—Life without faith—Single seed.

But if you die—to self—your fleshly desires—Produces many seeds.

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Overestimate—Underestimate

Still working—He’s still good

As a church planter and pastor, I have to make war every day on ego and impatience. Zack Eswine (look up)

 

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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Christ commanded us to love one another even as . For us to know how to love each other we must understand the character of the rich deep love that Jesus Christ that Paul describes in Ephesians 3 as surpassing knowledge.

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I. His love is unmerited

A. 1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the .”

B. Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

C. What escapes definition is that even when we reject Him, we disobey Him, we sin against Him, . We call it ‘’, unmerited love from God to His rebellious creation.

D. God’s unmerited love is given to us, people who don’t deserve His love to transform and change us into new creations.

E. We are such undeserving beneficiaries of God’s . He reached down to us in our absolute total depravity and lifted us to Himself pouring out His grace to us.

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II. His love is unlimited

A. He, who loved us forgave us, doing so without limit.

1. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

2. Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots.

B. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son…

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III. His love is unselfish

A.

1. 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 Love “Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

2. Jesus is the perfect example of selflessness. Matthew 20:28 says, ‘Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’

B.

• 2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

• John 10:10 ‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it] more abundantly.

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