Vision Sunday 2018

I. The Meaning behind Resonate

res-o-nate - to evoke or produce a movement of large and increasing impact from a single source

John 12:24-26: I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

  1. The cross brings life (Jesus's death)
  2. We must die to self and live in Christ (our death)
  3. Following Jesus means being where He is and serving Him

A Picture of Resonate

Luke 24:28-33: By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat,* he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.*” 

  • When we encounter Jesus, His cross and message impacts our lives. It causes our hearts to burn and gives us a passion to know Him and to help others to know Him by advancing His Kingdom.
  • Our love for Him will cause us to step out our comfort zones and trust Him to do His work in and through us

II. The Kingdom Effect

Mark 4:26-29: Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

  • Jesus described the Kingdom work like casting out seed, then going to bed and rising the next day.
  • The earth/soil produces the growth all by itself. “All by itself” is the Greek word automate, which is where we get the word automatic.

The reason why the earth brings forth fruit of herself (automate, “automatically”) is that the seed contains life which, when placed in the proper environment, produces growth.

Casting seed means sharing the Gospel, living the Gospel, walking in obedience to the Word and will of God, and praying for God’s will to be done on earth. Night and day represents living out daily rhythms of following Jesus. We don’t get consumed with working hard to make fruit grow faster. We can’t make it grow. He further illustrates this in the Parable of the Muster seed.

Mark 4:30-34: Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

The parable shows us that the Kingdom of God starts at the smallest level. Jesus is instructing us that the Kingdom of God must start small and grow via multiplication to have great and expansive influence. 

The Muster seed was the smallest seed. It was a little black seed about this size of the head of a pin. They would eventually grow to over twelve feet tall. The seed of the Gospel message will produce phenomenal growth.

Multiplication starts from salvation to becoming a disciple, from being a disciple to making disciples. Church growth happens because we are making disciples. Our desire is not just see Resonate grow, but also to see others churches be birthed out of this one.

Multiplication of cells will continue until we die. Without cells multiplying, the body will die. Multiplication stops with death occur. At the same time, death occurs when multiplication stops. Both statements are true.

Scientific and statistical probabilities demonstrate that if a single shaft of wheat is left undamaged and allowed to freely reproduce and grow, it multiplies into a crop large enough to feed the entire world population - for an entire year - within only eight years. It only takes one apple seed to grow a tree, yet a single apple tree produces enough seed to plant an entire orchard. Multiplication must start small and seemingly insignificantly, but with time and generational reproduction it reaches a global level of influence.

John 4:34-38: Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.” 

The harvest is now! We are going to harvest what we did not plant and others will harvest what we planted, but the thing we must remember is we must harvest now.

Luke 10:2: These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.

Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs to do what He taught them to do - advance the Kingdom of God. He was sending them as lamb among wolves. God wants us to pray for more harvesters!