Contributed on Jul 28, 2019
Having taught the disciples to pray that the Father would send forth laborers into the harvest, Jesus commissioned them to serve in the harvest, essential using them as an answer to their prayers.
Commissioned to Serve Matthew 10: 5-8 Today I want to begin a series focused on Jesus sending the twelve out to labor in ministry. Up until this point, Jesus had ministered alone. Granted, the disciples were continually with Him, and crowds were normally around, but these were all observers or ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2019
Prior to sending the disciples out in ministry, Jesus sought to prepare them for the task ahead. He did not promise it would be easy, but He did promise to provide for them. We share the same promises. Service isn't always easy, but the Lord is faithful to provide.
Conditioned to Serve Matthew 10: 9-15 As we continue to examine the instructions Jesus gave the disciples prior to sending them out to share their faith, we discover additional benefit for our lives and witness as well. While these were sent solely to the house of Israel, prior to Jesus’ death and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2019
Jesus had spent time with the disciples, preparing them for the work of ministry. He had instructed them on where to go, what to do, and how to conduct themselves among men. Then He shared the difficulty they would face as they served Him, being rejected by most.
Courage to Serve Matthew 10: 16-22 Jesus had commissioned the twelve for ministry, providing detailed instruction regarding the work they were expected to perform. Jesus had told them where to go, what to take, and how to conduct themselves as they ministered among men. Now Jesus offered insight ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2019
As Jesus continued to provide instructions regarding the ministry He had called the disciples to engage, again He emphasized the difficulty they would encounter. Although this was a worthy task, with eternal implications, their opposition would be evident and extensive.
Confident to Serve Matthew 10: 23-28 As we continue to study the conversation Jesus had with the disciples in order to prepare them for Kingdom ministry, again we find the Lord being totally honest with them about what to expect. While their task was certainly worthwhile, having eternal ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2019
Knowing the disciples would face a difficult and discouraging task at times, Jesus sought to encourage them by reminding them of their standing with God. We too can draw strength from the Lord and need reminded of that which is available to the believer.
Committed to Serve Matthew 10: 29-33 Jesus had shared much with the disciples prior to sending them out in pairs of two for ministry. He had been very straightforward with them, revealing the difficulties and opposition they would encounter as the proclaimed the Good News. Some would happily ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2019
Jesus had revealed much about the difficulty and opposition the disciples would face as they sought to serve Him. Finally, He revealed their service would also require personal sacrifice - it would come at a cost.
The Cost to Serve Matthew 10: 34-39 Jesus had revealed much to the disciples regarding what they could expect as they answered the call to proclaim the Good News. He warned that the task would not be easy, many would reject them, and they would face opposition along the way. However, in the midst ...read more