Ripple Effect (1 of 3) by Kerry Shook

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Ripple Effect (1 of 3)
Series: Ripple Effect
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Mark 6:37-44 (NIV)


• Zech. 4:10 (NIV)

• Mark 6:36-38 (NIV)

• Start with what you have


We've all taken a small pebble and tossed it into a glassy pond and watched the ripple effect. As the ripples get larger and larger and eventually encompass the whole pond. Well the Bible says that every action we taken on this earth, even the smallest deed causes a ripple effect for good or bad. My favorite line in the movie Gladiator is when Maximus stands before his fellow soldiers and he says what we do here today will echo in eternity. I want to stand before you today and say I believe what we do here today in the next few moments will echo into eternity because today we are starting what we are calling the ripple effect challenge and between now and Christmas we are going to take this challenge and its going to cause a ripple effect in our community and I believe the ripple effect challenge will cause a ripple effect in churches all across our nation and I believe what we are going to do here today with this ripple effect challenge is going to echo into eternity because it is going to change my life and yours. Well, it is one month until Christmas, a little over a month. I'll give you a couple more days. How bout that? I know of you are shocked and frightened. You are not thinking about Christmas at all but what I really hope and pray is that over the next month as we move into the advent season this ripple effect challenge will really help us and really focus us so we will have the most meaningful advent Christmas we have ever had. At the end of the message I'm going to give you the ripple effect challenge but right now what I want to do is focus on the ripple effect principle that is listed all through scripture but I want to pick a specific miracle of Jesus Christ where the ripple effect principle is up front and center. It's the miracle of the feeding of the 5000. There are only two miracles of Christ that are mentioned in all four gospels, the resurrection and the feeding of the 5000. Its as if God is saying I want you to really get this ripple effect principle so I have put this miracle in all four gospels so you don't miss it. Now, let me give you some background to the miracle. Jesus had been healing the sick all day long. He was worn out because he was all God and yet all human when he walked this earth and in his humanity he was tired and so he took his disciples to a remote region the bible says to get away from the crowd but the crowds followed him anyway.
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