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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 12 Multiplication Scriptures to Ponder

Genesis 1:28 (NRSV): "God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion…'"

God created human beings for relationship and wanted them to cover the earth. What dream was on God's heart from the beginning?
How has our Creator built an organic strategy for multiplying human beings in the likeness of God in both the physical and the spiritual realms?
Why would the devil try to stop this plan from advancing by getting people to multiply sin and brokenness instead of the peace and purity of God?
Genesis 17:2 (NIV): "I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers."

When God Almighty is choosing a family and nation to redeem, why does he want to grow it so large?
How is the God's blessing to Abraham seen in the evidence of exponential multiplication of his herds, wealth, and descendants?
Exodus 1:12-13 (NIV): "But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly."

How is it that the people of God, even in slavery and facing the onslaught of evil from other humans, could grow strong and overcome?
When God has a plan for his people in the history of salvation, who can ultimately overthrow it?
Matthew 13:23 (NIV): "But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

What is the good news here described by Jesus as the "message of the kingdom"? (See also verses 11 and 19.)
When heaven showers earth with its blessings and transformation, how can it be described as producing a minimum of a thirty-fold increase over that which was sown in us?
Matthew 13:33 (NIV): "He told them still another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.'"

Of the 82 times Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven in Scripture, what does it mean here, where heaven impacts the many facets of human life until they reveal the will of the King of heaven? (Examples: government, business, family, education, churches, media/arts, sports/entertainment)
Why is the kingdom of heaven able to multiply its influence where tradition and religion cannot?
Matthew 14:19 (NIV): "[Jesus] gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people."

When did the multiplication of the loaves and fish to feed the hungry multitudes of people that Jesus was healing occur? Was it in the blessing, the breaking, or the distribution by the disciples that the miracle of provision showed up?
If the multiplication came in the blessing of Jesus, then a pile as big as a haystack would have appeared on the ground. If it was in the breaking, Jesus would have been breaking off bread and fish into baskets for a couple hours to feed 7,000 or 8,000 people. The text never says that happened. It appears it was in the distribution by the disciples--the food just never ran out, similar to the oil and flour that lasted through a famine in the Old Testament.
What implications for our ministries does this multiplication text have?
Matthew 25:20 (NIV): "The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master', he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'"

In this parable of kingdom life, what is the proportional return on the investment that Jesus commends as faithful?
Why would Jesus describe the servant who did not double what was entrusted to him as wicked, lazy, and worthless? (v. 26, 30)
Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV): "Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"

When the crowds of needy people were multiplying, what strategy did Jesus use to multiply the presence of God in a saving way to meet the need?
Jesus sends the 12 disciples to do and teach the same message and methods of the kingdom of heaven as he was (Matthew 9:35; 10:1, 7-8). What principles of leadership selection and reproduction do we see here?
Acts 2:47 (NIV): "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

What would you rather have, $1,000 each day for a month, or a penny doubled and then doubled again every day for a month? (Hint: the penny doubles to over $10 million by day 31.)
Why was the kingdom of God expanding so steadily and rapidly that the net effect was 120 (Acts 1) becoming 3,120 (Acts 2) and then 5,000 men alone (Acts 4) and then thousands more as "the number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly" (Acts 6:7)?
How does Acts 8 with Philip in Samaria show that this rapid increase of disciples is normal for the multiplication of kingdom growth? (Acts 8:6, 12)
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV): "It was he [the ascended Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up."

The intent of the ascended and glorified Jesus is to "fill the whole universe" through his church in multiplied ministry to the world (vs. 10, 13). Jesus' method is multiplication of his own character and ministry through the five-fold equipping leaders he calls and qualifies, who in turn multiply ministry by equipping the saints in great numbers, who in turn multiply the serving by God's people directly through the whole church and community around them and ultimately to the world. What possibilities exist where this leadership paradigm is fully lived into?
How can we increase awareness and alignment among the five-fold equipping leaders raised by Christ in his church today, so that verse 12 overflows into verse 13?
2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV): "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others."

Paul speaks of four generations of equipping leaders branching out here. How would it impact the life of your church if every apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher would multiply leaders in this manner?
In Acts 19:10, how does the apostle Paul use this strategy to multiply leaders and new churches to fill the province of Asia? ("This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.")
Revelation 7:9 (NIV): "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 in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes…"

Since this great multitude comes out of the generations who have lived on the earth, how can you increase the total harvest of the kingdom of God in your region, including crossing cultures and language groups to bring Jesus to them?
Can you see here how God has delighted in the dream of his heart and seen the fulfillment of millions upon millions of human beings becoming members of his forever family by receiving the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?


SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2013/10/11 20:25Profile

Joined: 2011/4/27
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 Re: 12 Multiplication Scriptures to Ponder

The church of Jesus Christ grows and multiplies best when you have disciples who make disciples who make disciples who make disciples out to many generations of disciples.

This requires faith, love, witness, testimony, fruitfulness and the power of the Holy Spirit working powerfully in each disciple multiplying. Sorry, this disciple can't claim to be fully there yet.

Today, much of Christianity is expressed as Christendom. Christendom is built upon pastors and teachers with expensive educations in expensive buildings. Those expensive educations and expensive buildings have a value but they don't multiply. Christendom has proven useful to add a few disciples here and there but the current model hasn't been reaching Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, atheists, agnostics and others in the way that has been needed.

Evangelization of the world is prophesied in the Scriptures.

In Matthew 13, we find the parable of the sower, the parable of the mustard seed and the parable of the leaven. In all of these we find multiplication taking place.

The prophecy of the Word of God still remains to be fulfilled where it declared:

"...the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

 2013/10/12 8:50Profile


It is true that "growth" is measured in quantity. It is also measured in "quality".

What is most important to God? Quality or Quantity?

Mat_13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Mat_22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Why are "many called but few chosen"?

Is it because the few that are chosen are the few that fell on good ground? What does good ground mean? It means that a person willingly chose to receive the seed (word of God) into his heart and obey it.

Quality -
Mat_13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

If we want to talk about math, one out of four seeds fell on good ground, and only these seeds will multiply for the Kingdom.

 2013/10/12 14:40

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What is most important to God? Quality or Quantity?

In a sense both are very important to the Lord.

"I am not willing that any perish"

2 Peter 3:9
New International Version (NIV)
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

With 7 billion people on earth now which is just under half of the ENTIRE civilization of mankind this is an important time to be sharing the gospel.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2013/10/12 16:10Profile


Like everything in the scriptures, truth is a many sided prism. Multi-faceted.

Many major on one facet forgetting all the others, such as the "subtraction" verses that balance out the multiplication ones.

We can avoid extremes if we are willing to look at all of the truth.

 2013/10/12 16:36

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