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Jesus' Model of Fruitfulness
September 30, 2018      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

Jonathan walks us through the model of fruitfulness as demonstrated by Jesus. The only bread that can be multiplied is broken bread.

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Fruitfulness according to Jesus:
1) Fellowship
2) Proclamation
3) Authority

Mark 1:10-12 (NIV)
10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,

Mark 1:21-28 (NIV)
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,
24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”
26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him."
28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Mark 1:35-38 (NIV)
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,
37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

Transition into Discipleship

Mark 3:13-15 (NIV)
13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.
14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach
15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV)
9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fires warm you up or burn you up

Jesus did not come to make us comfortable - but rather to end us

Mark 6:7-13 (NIV)
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.
10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.
11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent.
13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Two Requirements:
1) Identification
2) Submission

Romans 6:1-7 (NIV)
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a
new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Matthew 26:35 (NIV)
35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Declaration of Willpower / Human Strength / Resolve
NONE of which have any use to God

Matthew 26:75 (NIV)
75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

End of Willpower / Human Strength / Resolve
NOW he can be useful to God

“We are daily being dealt with by the cross and at the same time giving up the Adamic nature. We do not need to strive for the resurrection life rather we need to lose the Adamic life.  We have everything that issues from the resurrection life already. But at the same time we still have many things that belong to Adam.  HENCE THE MATTER TODAY IS NOT HOW MUCH WE GAIN BUT HOW MUCH WE LOSE” ~ Watchman Nee

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