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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, we had an amazing online experience with you! We shared a wonderful time of worship, enjoyed a powerful and timely teaching, and experienced a refreshing time of community while having conversations, praying together, building one another up, and sharing in the Word of God through online groups.
Continuing our “Miracles” series, Pastor Doug Sauder explored the miracle of multiplication as we looked at the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4 and the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark 6.
Dive deeper into this teaching on your own, with your family, or in your online group! Watch the video below to see a recap of this weekend’s teaching. You can also scroll down to check out expanded notes and summaries from the teaching, reflect on some great questions, and get informed on some of the great resources available to you.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message:
Multiplication Is Built into Creation (Mark 4:26–29): In Mark 4, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a seed, stating that even the farmer doesn’t truly know how it actually works—he just knows there is a secret in every seed. It’s been said before that you can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the number of apples in a seed. This is the miracle of multiplication on full display. There is intentionality in the miraculous things God does.
Like the miracle of turning water into wine, Jesus invites participation in His act of multiplication. There are some miracles God does entirely on His own, but there are other miracles He performs where He invites us to be part of the work! And not because He needs our help, but because He wants us to share in His joy, know His faithfulness and power, and be part of something beyond what we could ever imagine! So, bring what you have to God. Don’t hoard or keep things to yourself for fear of not having enough. If we want to see multiplication in our lives, we need to have a mindset of abundance and generosity, not scarcity. A scarcity mindset can hold us back from seeing God’s miracle of multiplication.
Do you have a scarcity or an abundance mindset?
Jesus Can Take Your Little and Make It a Lot (Mark 6:34–44): Jesus is the great multiplier! When we open our hands to Him, put our trust in Him, and surrender what we have—which He gave us—to Him, He can work wonders with it! In the story of the feeding of the 5,000, the boy had food for himself. If you think about it, his needs were met, but he willingly brought the little he had, that would have only been enough for him, and gave it to Jesus . . . and Jesus made it a lot! People were fed and the story ends there. But imagine the walk home for this boy and his friends. Imagine the conversation he had with his mom and the deep impression that was left on him for the rest of his life. This is what it’s like to be used by God for a miracle that benefits others. Too often, we hold onto our lunch and miss the miracle. In church, we’re often educated beyond our level of obedience—we know all the stories and can explain them theologically, but rarely obey in the moment.
Sometimes We Get a Miracle, Other Times We Get to Be One (Mark 8:1–9): Have you ever experienced a personal miracle that impacted your life or benefitted you in some way? Have you ever been a miracle in the life of someone else? Sometimes, we’ll give something to someone and learn that it’s exactly what they’ve been praying for. Sometimes, we’ll share a Scripture and it’s precisely what someone needs to hear. Like the boy who gave his lunch, we need to be obedient in order to experience what it’s like to be a part of a miracle. One boy offers what’s in his hand and Jesus feeds thousands; one demon-possessed man is healed and goes on a mission to tell people, and when Jesus came back to His town, 4,000 people were waiting for Him. This is what God can do through just one person . . . and that one person could be you!
Did you know that Google searches on faith and God are up 700% in Broward County right now? What does God want us to do to be the answer right now in our communities? Will we be willing to open our hands and be used by Him to do the miraculous in the lives of our family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, grocery store workers, and first responders?
With Jesus, There Is Always More Than Enough (Mark 8:18–21): As Pastor Doug has stated since the beginning of this series, every miracle has a deeper message. The feeding of 5,000 and the 4,000 have deeper meanings to go beyond amazing acts of multiplication. Consider that after everyone had eaten, after thousands of people had been fed by a few pieces of bread and some fish, there was a great deal of leftovers. How does this show us God’s generosity? Well, there were 12 baskets left over—one for each tribe of Israel; one for each disciple. What is the meaning Jesus was giving them and us here? That He is enough! He is all we need! He is the bread of life.
Quote to Remember: With Jesus, there is always more than enough.—Pastor Doug Sauder
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. How have you seen the Lord use you to do something miraculous in the life of someone else? How has He used someone in your life to give you just what you needed in the moment?
2. How can you be more open-handed with the Lord?
3. How does knowing Jesus is enough impact the way you approach your day-to-day life and interactions with others?
We have several exciting Bible plans available for you to subscribe to! From a reading plan to follow along with our “Miracles” series to a plan on experiencing peace, to a few great plans that explore the basics of Christianity, we have a variety of awesome resources for you to grow in your faith and study the Word of God.
To view our reading plans, click here.
As we continue to track the news and information about COVID-19 and its effects both worldwide and right here in our surrounding cities, this week we will continue to hold services ONLINE ONLY.
Join us online this Wednesday as we continue our class series “The Power of Community in Crisis.” Then on the weekend, we’ll continue our “Miracles” series with a special Mother’s Day message from Pastor Doug. In this message, we’ll explore the miracle of motherhood.
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.