Wineskinology 101 (Pt.5) Sermon Series


Wineskinology 101 (Pt. 5)
The Truth about the Cluster

Scripture Text for Series and for this sermon:

Matthew 9:17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Isaiah 65:8 Thus says the LORD:
      “ As the new wine is found in the cluster,
      And one says, ‘Do not destroy it,
      For a blessing is in it,’
      So will I do for My servants’ sake,
      That I may not destroy them all.

Remember we have studied:
The purpose of a Wineskin
The Purpose of the Wine
Today we will study the Truth About the Cluster

The new wine has a blessing in it! This is what we are after. Isaiah says that the new wine is in the cluster. What truth can we draw from this so that our wine will have a blessing in it?

Main Points to Emphasize:
1. A Cluster means more than one (Making good wine is not about a single grape but about the cluster)
2. Hang out together (We must do this together. We can all hang together or die separately)
3. All connected to the same vine (John 15:5)
4. Touching other grapes (We must focus on developing an environment so that each of us are touching other grapes)
5. Wine is produced when they carry the weight of others (Jesus on the cross. The nature of the winepress and the making of wine is that the wine comes forth under pressure)
6. The lowest point of a man (In the old days the grapes were tread by the feet of man. Spiritually it is the same. Man at his lowest point often puts pressure on us. What comes forth under pressure reveals who we are inside. What kind of wine would come forth out of you today?)

What is the world is thirsty for?

-Comes from Forgiveness
                -Civil War (still bitter, then not free)
              -Marriage Problem/Parent or child problems,etc
                -Divorce (still bitter then not free)
               -Church Split

Deut 32:32
For their vine is of the vine of Sodom
      And of the fields of Gomorrah;
      Their grapes are grapes of gall,
      Their clusters are bitter.

We must not become bitter and produce cheap wine!

Jesus desire to be together with us.

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed[b] and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new[c] covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

“with you” Jesus would not drink the wine if he was not with the cluster. He is committed to seeing people set free and fellowshipping with him.

A Good Vision Statement Would Be:

Provide the blessing of the new wine to thirsty people in order for them to experience forgiveness and freedom.
-An environment of grace and mercy
-An atmosphere of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit
-A willingness to allow God to prune and cultivate us
-A commitment we will do it together
-A knowing that we will be squeezed in order to release what we carry
-A focus on Jesus alone

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