Pastor Steve Williams : Big Things from Small Beginnings

Crawl Walk Run · 40:03 · Recorded January 15, 2017

Big Things from Small Beginnings

Haggai 1:13-14; 2:1-5 (HCSB) Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, delivered the LORD’s message to the people, “I am with you”…The LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the spirit of the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. They began work on the house of Yahweh of Hosts, their God… The word of the LORD came through Haggai the prophet: “Speak to Zerubbabel…to the high priest Joshua…and to the remnant of the people: Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you?  Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel…Be strong, Joshua…Be strong, all you people of the land…Work! For I am with you…and my Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid.”

Zechariah 4:6-10 (HCSB) “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of Hosts. ‘What are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. And he will bring out the capstone accompanied by shouts of: Grace, grace to it!’” Then the word of the LORD came to me: “Zerubbabel’s hands have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will complete it…For who scorns the day of small things?”

Scorning small beginnings

We’re usually slow to see the possibilities.

We tend to downplay our potential.

We often sideline ourselves from good opportunities.

1 Samuel 10:21-24 (NLT) Finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared!  So they asked the LORD, “Where is he?” And the LORD replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.”  So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else. Then Samuel said to all the people, “This is the man the LORD has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

The God of small beginnings

1. God typically works with us progressively.

2. God always moves with us appropriately.

Psalm 103:13-14 (NAS) Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear him. For he himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

He knows what we’re made of, but also what we’re made for!

Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT) Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

3. God invariably leads us strategically.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ICB) God certainly does everything at just the right time. But we can never completely understand what he is doing.

Isaiah 46:9-10 (NIV) “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”

4. God ultimately develops us thoroughly for his own glory!

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ezra 6:14 (CEV) With great success the Jewish leaders continued working on the temple, while Haggai and Zechariah encouraged them by their preaching. And so, the temple was completed at the command of the God of Israel…

What God envisions he takes joy in completing!

Study & Discussion Questions
  • When have you seen or experienced a small beginning with some-thing that turned into a bigger than expected, important outcome?

  • God’s Word to Zerubbabel, the Governor/King about rebuilding the Temple is found in Zechariah 4:6. Read that passage. How does it make you feel when God says that what he wants to do in your life will not be a result of your smarts or strength or resources, but his? How does it affect where you put your focus?

  • Which of the points or examples mentioned in the “Scorning small beginnings” section of the message do you feel has your name on it most? Why do you think these things are true? When we become aware of these, what should we do to change the picture?

  • As Pastor Steve shared vision related to NorthPointe’s future growth and development, were there things you especially felt yourself drawn to or even “called” to do in implementing it?

  • Which Biblical examples or scripture verses used in the message really impacted you? What is a next step you sense God is prompting you about? How does Philippians 2:12-13 from this outline encourage you? How can your group pray for you in this?

  • Find ways to help your children start seeing the world as God’s mission field. Perhaps you could highlight a country of the world for a month, displaying it’s flag, collecting pictures of it’s people, naming its capital, etc. to learn interesting facts about and pray specifically for the people’s needs who live there. Resources from ministries such as Operationworld.org are helpful in knowing how to pray specifically for the spiritual and social needs for various countries in the world. This is how you begin helping your children become a “world Christian” with a vision of God’s Kingdom work globally. Memorize John 3:16 together emphasizing God’s love for the entire world.

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