Be Fruitful and Multiply (Grow in 2016)

Notes from a sermon by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor of the Kannapolis Church of God, delivered on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in the 10:30 am service.

Genesis 1:20–23 (NKJV)

20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

The command to the animals of the Earth to be fruitful and multiply.

Genesis 1:26–28 (NKJV)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God’s command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, and by extension to all of humanity.

Genesis 9:1 (NKJV)

9:1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

God’s command to Noah to be fruitful and multiply and to replenish the Earth after the flood.

Genesis 28:1–4 (NKJV)

28:1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.  3 “May God Almighty bless you,
And make you fruitful and multiply you,
That you may be an assembly of peoples;
4 And give you the blessing of Abraham,
To you and your descendants with you,
That you may inherit the land
In which you are a stranger,
Which God gave to Abraham.”

Isaac’s prayer for his son Jacob to be fruitful and multiply

Genesis 35:10–11 (NKJV)

10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel.  11 Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body.

God’s command to Jacob to be fruitful and multiply.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

God desires that all of creation be fruitful and multiply

Fruitful – bearing fruit, to increase with offspring
Multiply – to become numerous, to become great and powerful, to grow up, to increase, to make many, to become greater

What does this mean for us today?

God wants us to bear fruit/produce offspring

New converts
Raising up Godly children

God wants us to multiply/grow

Outreach
Discipleship

Why is this so important?

Jesus died for this very purpose

The Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Takeaway Thoughts

God’s command (instructions)

Be fruitful
Multiply

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