Sermon – October 22, 2017: “Mission Urgent!”

Luke 10:1-16

Parallel Account

There is no parallel account though there are similar instructions given to the Twelve Apostles when they are sent out on a similar mission.

Luke’s reason for recording

  • 70/72 is most likely an allusion to the number of nations listed in Genesis.
  • Most likely used to highlight the universal nature of Jesus’ salvation.
  • Supports the idea that Jesus’ earthly ministry was coming to an end and the Gospel message needed to be preached to as many as possible.

 Concerning the mission

  • The potential for people’s response is great and so the need for laborers is great as well.
  • However, the mission will not be easy and there will be opposition.
  • The mission is urgent!

Today’s (Co)mission

  • The potential is great.
  • The danger is as real.
  • The mission is as urgent!

What can keep us from the mission?

  • Lack of companionship.
    • With God.
    • With others.
  • Lack of security (which is a lack of faith).
    • Fear of non-provision
    • Fear of opposition

Lack of Companionship

  • Lack of a companionship with God.
    • Jesus commanded prayer.
    • Jesus promised that if we pray according to the will of God he will respond. (John 14:13-14; 1 John 5:14).
    • We need to pray specific prayers.
      • Pray for your own involvement in evangelism and discipleship.
      • Pray for the involvement of other servants in evangelism and discipleship.
    • Lack of companionship with others.
      • Jesus commanded to work in pairs.
      • Jesus expects us to work together. (Matthew 18:20)
      • Many commands concerning how we should interact with and help each other.
        • Galatians 5:15
        • Hebrews 10:24
        • James 5:16
        • 1 Thessalonians 5:11
        • Ephesians 4:16
      • Man needs man so that there is…
        • encouragement in the face of discouragement.
        • help and accountability to stay on task.
        • less distraction from more temptation when working alone.
        • complementation when the strength and gifts of one are not enough.

Lack of Security

  • Fear of non-provision.
    • Jesus implies that needs will be taken care during the mission.
    • Jesus promises us our needs will be met when we make the mission priority. (Matthew 6:33)
  • Fear of opposition.
    • Jesus instructs to look for those who will accept the message.
    • We are not expected to bring unnecessary hardship upon ourselves.
    • If someone does not accept the message we move on and look for someone who will.

The Transformation Expectation

  • Jesus expects his servants to make the commission a priority.
  • This involves sharing the good news and helping others grow in faith.
  • Put aside the fears and trust in God to give what is required to do the mission.

 

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