Crosspointe Alliance Church
Sustaining Wholeness – Greater Things
November 22, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Matthew 13:1-23,

Sustaining Wholeness – Greater Things

November 22, 2020   /   Rev. Drew Strecker   /   Matthew 13:1-23   /   Crosspointe Alliance Church

Spiritual Capital – 5 Capitals

What is Spiritual Capital?

What’s in a parable? (Matthew 13:3-9)

  • Ears to Hear – What do you hear when you listen to this Parable?

Ears to hear & eyes to see (Matthew 13:10-17)

  • What prevents our eyes from seeing and our ears from hearing?
  • God wants us to turn to him (repent) and to heal us
  • It’s more than just salvation, it is a restoration to wholeness, it requires a supernatural change from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
  • Jesus is talking about more than gardening…
  • Character trait of Transcendence – Someone bigger than ourselves. (Disciples sought understanding)

Four Kinds of Soil (Matthew 13:18-23)

  • The Path
  • The Rocky Soil
  • The Thorns and Thistles
  • The Good Soil

Four Kinds of People

  • Those who do not understand
  • Those who receive with joy, but do not have roots/ go deep
  • Those who are concerned with cares of life and deceitfulness of wealth
  • Those who are healthy & whole––remain & sustain (John 15)
    • Currency 
    • Competencies: Make Disciples

What is a Disciple?

A disciple belongs with Jesus; believes–following Him as a disciplined learner; becoming like Him in His words, ways, and works; intentionally and relationally going beyond to make more disciples. As a result, a disciple loves God and loves others.

Four places of Development

  • 1st soil – Spiritually Dead or Spiritual Infant
  • 2nd soil – Spiritual Child
  • 3rd soil – Spiritual Adolescent
  • 4th soil – Spiritual Parent
  • Values vs. Usefulness

Even the Fruitful Soil

  • 30, 60, 100 fold
  • the level of our talent will result in different levels of but also Ongoing growth and development, means more fruitful soil
  • Integration––different areas have different types of soil
  • Even as spiritual parents we are not done growing
  • Our goal is to leave others and this world better than we found it, by helping others to turn to Jesus, and become His disciples.

Coming Alive

  • The dead Idols and a resurrecting God
  • When we come to Jesus the dead things must burn in the fire, our soil has to be tilled up to remove the hardheartedness, the rocks, the thorns, and thistles, so that we can be living and active.
  • If we don’t continue to work with the Spirit in the spiritual garden of our lives we will reintroduce these soils into our lives

So What?

  • Jesus spoke in parables so that we would seek out the understanding of what He said, just as the disciples did.
  • We have to work with the Holy Spirit to identify the soil of our lives and cultivate it so that it produces fruit, 30, 60, 100x
  • Being disciples who make disciples is the evidence of fruitfulness. These are the greater things Jesus spoke of…

My So What & Now What:

  • What is God talking to You about…
  • Himself? and You?
  • Where He wants these truths to change what you believe?
  • How He wants you and us to actively respond?

Now What?

How will you invest your spiritual equity to grow as a disciple who can make disciples of Jesus?

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