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This is the first of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Sent’ Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Luke 9:1-9
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BIBLE READING: Luke 9:1-9
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: How are you “entering God’s rest” on a daily basis?
What are the key places that you spend most of your time each week? What difference does it make to acknowledge that Jesus has dispatched you there?
READ Luke 9:1-4
What are all of the ways in which Jesus was involved in sending the disciples out? How does Luke make it really clear that being sent has little to do with us and everything to do with Jesus?
What are the top two or three frontlines that Jesus has sent you? What difference does it make to know that you have been sent by Jesus, according to his authority and power?
What is meant by the disciples being sent to proclaim the ‘Kingdom of God”? Compared to the disciples, how do we know even more than they did (at this time) about Jesus’ mission?
What are the two key aspects involved in the task of proclaiming the Gospel?
How do you think Jesus desires you to show and share the Good News on your frontlines?
Why did Jesus instruct them not to take anything with them? What lesson is being taught?
On your frontlines, how has God provided everything you need to share and show the Good News?
What would help you to show and share the Good News more? Could you pray and ask God for this?
READ Luke 9:5-9
Why were the disciples to be dependent on the hospitality of strangers? How does your involvement in other people’s lives provide the opportunity for you to show and share with them in a vulnerable way?
What was the ‘shaking of dust’ from their feet all about? Should we act in the same way in our settings?
What helps you to cope when rejected for trying to proclaim Jesus? How are people’s responses actually out of our hands?
What effect did this missionary journey have? Why is it so amazing (and important) that the lives of the disciples caused people to ask questions about Jesus (and not about them)? What in your life causes people to want to ask questions about Jesus?
APPLY: Where has God sent you this week? What is one way that you can show or share the Good News on one of your frontlines this week?
Heavenly Father, thank you so much that we are sent to proclaim your Good News on our frontlines. Please embolden us to show and share your Gospel, relying on your authority, power, and the gifts that you have given us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
On Your Frontline This Week: Who in your closest circle of friends doesn’t follow Jesus? Could you invite them to join you for the Public Lecture on Friday 2 August? You might want to offer to go to event of their choosing too.
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