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The Apostling Dynamic

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Analyzing the dynamic between Jesus and His "apostlers" in the feeding of the five thousand.

Text: Luke 9:12-17
Date: 01/15/2023, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 90

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In one of the best known miracles in the Gospels, Jesus supernaturally multiples five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five-thousand men, (not including women and children). After establishing the importance of accepting this story for what it is: an historical, supernatural miracle; we will then view the event in a more figurative sense-- as a "living parable" that reveals the important relationship between Jesus and His apostles. Jesus is the miracle-working supernatural Son of God, who alone can transform the heart. But the apostles (or as we will refer to them-- the "apostlers") are commissioned to distribute that Bread to the masses in an orderly way. Once again, we see the Kingdom Strategy of evangelism clearly illustrated for us. After drawing profound lessons from the text concerning the nature of this work, we will turn our attention to the nature of Christ and the centrality of proclaiming the "de-naturalized" Jesus as the core element of the "apostling dynamic".

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I. Introduction, Rev. 19:9,16.
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 9:12-17.
A. Context
B. Setting the tone.
1. Jesus, the supernatural worker of miracles.
a. Defining the terms.
b. The meaninglessness of naturalism.
c. The irony of naturalism.
d. The importance of a supernatural Jesus.
2. A "living parable".
C. Feeding the Five Thousand.
1. The dilemma, vs. 12-13.
a. A full day of "apostling", vs. 12a.
i. The importance of the phrase.
1) To show how long Jesus worked.
2) To set up the need for food.
ii. Forming an image from another perspective.
b. The apostles' "no-solution" solution, vs. 12b.
i. It was impertinent.
ii. It was indifferent.
iii. It was ignorant.
c. Jesus' solution, 13a.
d. The apostles' objections, vs. 13b.
i. Inadequate physical resources.
ii. An impossible amount of money, John 6:7.
2. Preparing for supper, vs. 14-15.
a. The scope of the problem, vs. 14a.
b. Sitting in groups, vs. 14b-15.
i. Preparing for a feast, Luke 14:15.
ii. A meal with a plan, Matt. 11:12.
3. The miracle, vs. 16.
a. Meager beginnings, vs. 16a.
b. The crucial element, vs. 16b.
i. The Source of multiplication.
ii. The nature of multiplication, John 6:27,35,51,56,57.
c. The distribution, vs. 16c.
4. The result, vs. 17.
a. All are "filled", vs. 17a, John 6:57.
b. The apostles cared for, vs. 17b.
i. Food for the apostles.
ii. A sustainable apostling.
III. Application
A. The model of apostling.
1. Power that is dependent on Jesus.
2. A Kingdom dependent on its King.
a. Indifference is not an option, Luke 19:10.
b. Resources are not an issue.
c. Leave the multiplication to Jesus, John 17:6. 16:44, 14:6.
d. Jesus provides the way, John 15:4-5, Phil 4:13.
B. The nature of the Bread.
IV. Conclusion

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