Kingdom of GodGrowth: Be Fruitful and Multiply
I. Last week we asked the question: Why do some people read the Bible and not change?
A. We said the Bible is Spirit and life. (John 6:63) It is Spirit because it was inspired by Holy Spirit. It is life because the Word of God gives life.
B. When God formed Adam He breathed in him and Adam became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
C. When God created the Word of God, the Spirit of God breathed in it and it is now living. (II Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:21)
D. We said the Bible is spiritual and we must understand with our heart and see with our spiritual eyes. (Matthew 13:15; Ephesians 1:18-19)
E. We asked why a lot of the religious leaders in Jesus’ time did not see God, feel God, believe God, experience God and taste God.
1. They read the Word of God naturally. They never gave their hearts to God and experienced Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) Therefore God never changed them through a supernatural relationship with Him.
II. What hinders people from growing around me?
A. Coaching versus Dictating (Genesis 1:11-12, 21-22, 24-31)
1. God has released authority over the earth to us.
2. God, according to the law of Genesis, has placed the seed within itself.
3. How does the seed work? Plant, good soil, water, feed, grow, overcome, fruitful, and reproduce. (Matthew 13:18-23)
B. A coach believes that it is not what they can give but what they can get out of you. Their job is to train and bring out another’s potential.
1. A dictator gives answers, a coach ask questions. God asked Adam, “Where are you? Who told you your naked? Have you eaten?” Jesus asked, “Peter, who do men say that I am?”
2. A dictator thinks for you, a coach teaches you to think.
3. A dictator makes it about him, a coach makes it about them.
4. A dictator fixes problems, a coach lets you fix them and grow from the process.
5. A dictator needs to be needed, a coach needs to be succeeded.
6. A dictator believes if he raises someone up to do what he does, then he will no longer have anything to do. A coach believes if he raises someone to do what he does, then he can move on and do what only he can do.
C. The art of communication:
1. What do I want the person to know?
2. What do I want the person to hear?
3. What do I want the person to feel?
4. What do I want the person to do?
D. The illusion of communication:
1. Just because you said it:
a. Does not mean they heard you.
b. Does not mean that they will do it.
2. If a person is not doing what you said to do, then you have not been an effective communicator.
III. The Art of Training People
A. Watch me do it.
B. Let me see you do it.
C. Now you got it, keep doing it.
D. I will oversee and be here if you need me.
IV. Living your values will cost you something, but not living them will cost you everything.
A. Today what would you say are your values?
1. We will always put God first in our family.
2. We will always give our best in marriage, family, job, school, church and anything else we do.
3. Think about your values and these will set parameters and boundaries in your life.
4. Write them down for your whole family to live by.
B. Today what do you believe and what is your purpose? Write it.
C. On a scale 0-10 how passionate are you?
1. Zero equals dead, just going through the motions.
2. 3 equals 30 percent.
3. 6 equals 60 percent.
4. 10 equals 100 percent.
-Only tens get a hundredfold return in their lives. Make a decision today to be a 10 and get excited about your life.
We believe and live by:
1. The Bible
2. Being courageous
3. Never quitting
4. Adding value to the world
5. Taking responsibility for our lives
6. Having fun – recreation
7. Love, peace, and joy
9. Taking advantage of opportunities, promoting ideas and creativity
10. Celebrating achievements
11. Respect and honesty
12. Showing compassion
13. Continually growing spiritually and intellectually
14. Saving money and investing
15. Working hard for success