Intro: The story is told that after a famous artist finished his painting of the Last Supper he asked a friend to comment on the work.
perspective on evangelism.
How you ever wondered about life during the time of Christ - what were some of the social problems of his day . Consider
Now what I find interesting is that they had many of the same social problems we face but Jesus never addressed any of them.
give His life as a ransom for many
to the problem?
THE ninth chapter of Luke's Gospel marks the final year of the ministry of Jesus Christ
they could carry the message of the Kingdom of God into all the world
B) for two years He had been training them / Training them by example
1) Teaching them to have faith in God
9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
SEVERAL THINGS WE WANT TO NOTE ABOUT JESUS - TRAINING & SENDING OF THESE MEN
1ST - HE CALLED THEM. They each had a calling.
A) QUOTE: A.W. Tozer A true minister is not one by his own choice but
by the sovereign commission of God.
called to being SALT & LIGHT .
c) We are Godís vessels set apart & called to share His love w/ a lost hurting & dying world/ World w/ out Him - end up in HELL!!!
D) Some full time mission field or Pastors
E) Serving from a CALLING - so much better responding out of need.
SO Christian service is first of all a matter of being CALLED and secondly a matter of being EQUIPED
A) And Christ equips us with all that we need to do the work
1)We see that was true of the disciples - He gave them power and
authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
C)Now The Bible tells us 1Jo 3:8 that one purpose why the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
D) Interesting that Jesus was going to send mere men to confront and
overturn the works of the devil/ SPIRITUAL BATTLE
1) Human power can NOT overthrow such power
E) So Jesus not only CALLED them, He EQUIPPED them with the
necessary power and authority
1) Like wisE WE ARE TOLD STAND ..STRONG Ö POWER OF Ö.
D) POWER = The ability to do something
AUTHORITY = The right to do itJesus gave them both
POWER = Dunamis......... Dynamite power
A) The power that raised Jesus from the dead
B) THIS is the power that Jesus gives to us
C) AUTHORITY = Exousia= The power that comes from authority
by the authority VESTED in him by the city
E) WHAT IS OUR AUTHORITY ? NAME OF JESUS !!!!!!!!
NOTE: It is the authority of Jesus THAT gives us authority over demons/ HIS POWER / MIGHT / HIS NAME
SO He CALLS THEM / EQUIPPS THEM/ SENDING THEM-
3rd thing SENDS THEM W/ A MESSAGE .
a) he sent them to preach the kingdom of God & HEAL
Q. Joel Horne God never sends His messengers w/ an empty envelope.
NOTE: The great message they were sent to deliver was the message of the KINGDOM OF GOD
He rules by His divine will.
E) The Kingdom of God is the Kingship of God, the Sovereignty of God.
The 2nd aspect of the Kingdom of God is that it is manifest in conversion,
The 3rd aspect is it is manifested in consecration,
Spirit" (Rom. 14:17).
What this age needs is the proclamation of the Kingship of God, the Kingdom of God.
A) This Kingdom is not postponed until the end of this present age.
The message is that He reigns now,/ HEARTS
availability to all men
1)but they could not realize its benefits unless they became as little
children, and turned back to God in repentance.
NOTE: Man can not put himself outside the Kingship of God, but he can live outside of it's benefits?
A) JACOB SURLEY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE & I KNEW IT NOT
SO SENT THEM W/ A MESSAGE / 4th SENT THEM IN FAITH.
3 And He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 "Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
5 "And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
PARAPHRASE: Don't take your visa card... Don't make hotel reservations... Don't take a suitcase... If someone invites you to stay at their house, great
B)Their only wealth was their message, their power, their
authority; and the fact that they represented Him.
material they did so much
C) They TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
As they went, they evangelized.
B) As they went the blessings of the Kingdom of God were manifested
6 So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. 7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 8 and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
9 Herod said, "John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?" So he sought to see Him.
10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
NOTE JESUS IS NOT JUST INTERESTED IN OUR SERVICE BUT ALSO OUR RELATIONSHIP
A) Perhaps as they were sharing, the weariness was present on their faces while they were sharing
B) SO - Jesus suggested that they go off to a deserted place
C)They got into their ship and headed for an area near Bethsaida
is what I want for you - places get away from that & hear me!
-11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
PICTURE THIS SCENE : PEOPLE RUNNING AROUND THE LAKE
WHERE ARE YOU GOING ? JESUS - 5,000 SHOW UP
I THINK JESUS STILL SEES PEOPLE THIS WAY TODAY. YOUR NEIGHBOR WHO IS ALL CAUGHT UP IN MATERIALISM
WORD COMPASSION MEANS TO FEEL THEIR PAIN - reminds me of the little girl who was late coming home from school - mother worried
Finally, when she got home, her mother asked her what happened.
The girl replied - "I stopped to help a little girl. She was crying because her doll had broken. Mother looked at her proudly & asked "That was kind of you. "Did you help her fix the doll? "No," replied the girl. "I stopped to help her cry."
12 When the day began towear away, the twelve came and said to Him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here."
13 But He said to them, "You give them something to eat."
And they said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people."
NOW HERE WE SEE THAT JESUS GIVES THEM AN IMPOSSIBLE COMMAND
1) Jesus was like a stage director, setting this up to teach a lesson
f) It was an impossible situation - But that's how Jesus wanted it
G) Here was a perfect opportunity to test the 12... and especially Phillip
1) "Has Phillip learned to trust Me? Will he focus on My ability or the impossibility?"_
Phillip failed the Test He made a mistake in calculations.
His knowledge got in the way!
much each portion would cost.
B) Responded to Jesus John 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread ( 8 months wages) is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
D) One of our biggest problems is our own knowledge & reasoning
It can be a blessing
inadequacy so would turn it over to Jesus Christ/ How big is your God?
OK, then leave it in the hands of a pro.
you don't operate on it yourself--
QUOTE: When God is going to do something wonderful He begins with a difficulty... when He's going to do something very wonderful, he begins with an impossibility!"
ANDREW - "THERE IS A BOY - 2 FISH & FIVE LOAVES - BUT WHAT IS THAT AGAINST SO MANY." A little faith.
that kid in contact with Jesus
1) It resulted in a day that boy would never forget.
C) Thank God for the Andrews in life- The connectors
The ones who get people in touch with God.
D) The ones who introduce others to Jesus so a great work can be done.
E) These connectors are the stagehands.... Very often they are not seen nor recognized
CONSIDER THAT D.L. Moody was led to the Lord by a man named Kimball
D. L. Moody, uneducated and untrained, yet yielded to God, led Mordecai Ham to the Lord. Mordecai Ham, though not a great evangelist, was faithful to his task and won William Graham to the Lord. And Billy Graham has won countless numbers to Christ
ALL Andrews - connecting people to Jesus Christ If it weren't for these Andrews a huge chunk of history would be missing; a lot of lives untouched.
THIS STORY TEACHES US ANOTHER IMPORTANT LESSON
GOD CAN TAKE THE LITTLE BIT WE HAVE & DO A LOT W/ IT
C) Dust is insignificant.... But in the hands of Creator it became man
D) The Jawbone of donkey is INSIGNIFICANT... INSUFFICIENT to fight a battle with....
1) In God's hands - Samson killed 1000 enemies
E) A sling and 5 smooth stones are INSUFFICIENT for battle
David killed the great threat of Israel, Goliath
NOTE: A little, when surrendered to Jesus becomes powerful!
A) Don't think that what you have is useless because it is insignificant.
God into the equation.
C) What makes a person great is that person in the hands of Jesus, that gift in the hands of Jesus
D)You will find that its more than enough for the task He calls you to do.
The mathematics of a miracle: 5 loaves + 2 fish = not enough
5 loaves +2 +Jesus Christ = MORE THAN ENOUGH
A) w/o Him - nothing... w/Him - everything)
NOTE: Jesus could've pulled this miracle off w/o any of this.
A) He could have lifted His hands and commanded manna come down.
B)He could have instantly created a loaf of bread in everyone's pocket
others to get His work done.
This miracle was a very important lesson for His disciples in light of a future NEED Later He'll tell these 12 - "Go into all world"
A) Tempted to ask - "What are we among so many?"
Someone has commented that a great writer can take a worthless piece of paper, write a poem on it and instantly make it extremely valuable. A famous artist can take a piece of canvas worth fifty cents and by painting a picture on it make it priceless. A wealthy man can sign his name to a worthless piece of paper and make it worth a million dollars. In an infinitely greater way Jesus Christ can take a worthless, corrupted, and repulsive life and transform it into a righteous child of God and a useful worker in His kingdom.
A church in Strasbourg, France, was severely damaged by bombs during World War II. Although a beloved statue of Christ had survived, a ceiling beam had fallen across the arms and broken them off. A local sculptor offered to restore the statue without charge, but the townspeople decided to leave it as it was. Without hands it would be a continuing reminder to them that God does His work through His people. His earthly hands.
Jesus Christ chooses human hands-and minds and arms and feet-as the instruments of His eternal work of redemption.