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Great Endings from Small Beginnings

November 3, 2019

Text: Luke 13:18-21

 

The Occasion

      Jesus healed a woman who had been bent double

          for eighteen years

      The synagogue official was indignant that this was

          done on the Sabbath

      Jesus rebuked the official

      Jesus opponents were humiliated, and the entire

          crowd was rejoicing

 

The Parable

            What is the Kingdom of God like?

                 It is like a mustard seed that becomes a tree.

                 It is like leaven hidden in three packs of flour

                     until it was all leavened

 

The Appeal of the Kingdom

            Your starting point does not matter

                 The mustard seed

                 The pinch of yeast

            Your past does not determine your future

 

            God brings about the needed change

                 The seed becomes a tree

                 The leaven permeates the flour

            God will bring about the change in you

 

            The journey results in blessings

                 The tree becomes a home for birds

                 The flour becomes the bread, the pastry, and dessert

            God wants to make you a blessing

 

The Vision of Zechariah (chapter 4)

            CONCERNING THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE

                 “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit”

                        says the LORD of hosts.  (v.6)

                 The foundation has been laid, and he will finish it. (v.9)

                 For who has despised the day of small things? (v.10)

 

                                    KINGDOM LIFE

                Don’t be discouraged with a small beginning

  Trust Him to work in you according to His Spirt and His timing

                       God will fulfill His purposes in you

                       God will receive glory through you

 

                                    DECISION TIME

                     The greatest journeys all begin
                              with the first step

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