They Can't Kill the Sparrow's Soul
Sermon shared by Sean Lester
Summary: Proposition: God cares deeply for you and the life to which he has called you, therefore you can be confident that you are in Godís will regardless of the situation being faithful has caused you to be in.
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
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Placing the passage in context:
Jesus has given his twelve disciples authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every sickness and disease. As he sends them out into their first experience as evangelists, he gives them very specific instructions:
1. They are to proclaim ďthe kingdom of heaven is near.
2. They are to drive out evil spirits
3. They are to heal all sicknesses and disease
4. They are not to get wealthy from proclaiming the gospel.
5. They are to be prepared for opposition
6. They are to trust God to protect them.
It is one thing to know that God is empowering you to do great things in the kingdom such as drive out evil spirits and to heal the sick. It is quite another thing to actually go out and do it. As Jesus said, the student is not more deserving than the teacher, and if the teacher was persecuted, so will his disciples. So, it is understandable that Jesus would remind the students that if God cares for the sparrows he will care for them as well. But, letís be clear about what happens when the message of the gospel is proclaimed throughout a community.
1. People will be freed from evil and freed from sickness.
2. Christians will face opposition
3. Families and other societal groups will be thrown into discord
1. Receiving orders to defraud a customer or the government
2. Receiving pressure to cover up wrongdoing
3. Pressure to conform to family or cultural norms to the exclusion of discovering who God called you to be or what He called you to do.
Proposition: God cares deeply for you and the life to which he has called you, therefore you can be confident that you are in Godís will regardless of the situation being faithful has caused you to be in.
Interrogative: What comfort do I get from knowing that God is aware of what I am experiencing as a follower of Christ?
I. The Worst anyone can ever do to you is kill your body
a. The moment you believed on Jesus Christ and decided that you were going to follow his teaching as a basis for your way of life, your soul awakened to God and your destiny was birthed into the kingdom of heaven. Your soul will outlive your body. Keep in mind that you are going to die someday of something. The real question for you is not if you are going to die, or even when. The real question you must answer is whether you lived for Christ while you were alive.
b. I think it is a worthwhile practice to spend time every day thinking about heaven, hell, and the time remaining in life. I find it a comforting way to survive a mid-life crisis. As the reality that I am going to die someday settles in, I find that I am asking deeper questions about my life than I had before. I made a choice many years ago that I was going to live to bring people into the kingdom of heaven. That choice came with consequences, not the least of which is that I donít have the luxury of working hard for thirty or so years and then retiring comfortably. I made a choice that requires me to remain active in my calling for a lifetime. That means that I have set myself up for persecution and heartache for a lifetime. But, if I am looking toward heaven every day, then I am reminded that the worst anyone can ever do to me is send me to a heavenly reward. In effect, there isnít really anything anyone can do to harm me.
c. May I draw your attention
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