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Summary: Jesus went where the sinners were. He took advantage of the opportunities to heal, mind, body, and soul. Our mandate is to go.

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Introduction

A. My Dad and I were talking the other night about love and marriage. He told me that he knew as early as their wedding what marriage to my Mom would be like. It seems the minister asked my Mom, "Do you take this man to be your husband." And she said, "I do." Then the minister asked my Dad, "Do you take this woman to be your wife," and my Mom said, "He does."

A. Last week we saw that many people have to be brought to Jesus

1. There was the paralyzed man that was brought to Jesus by his four friends

a. They refused to be deterred from their purpose and tore up the roof of the house to get their friend before Jesus

b. There were several men who had to go to Jesus to see their loved ones healed

2. There were others who were driven to Jesus because of physical ailments

a. The prime example was the woman who had the 12 year long issue of blood

(1) Turn to 1 John 5:14-15

B. We also brought up the fact that we are hampered in any evangelistic efforts by

1. Our handicaps

2. Distance

3. The resistance of the others

4. We reminded that even though we are providentially hinder in our evangelistic efforts we can always pray

5. Even though we are unable to make that contact our prayers are heard by God

1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. {15} And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

C. Today we continue more of less in this vain

1. Jesus mission was to bring to men the gospel

a. The gospel being authenticated by

(1) Miracles

(2) Signs

(3) And wonders

b. But, even more Jesus brought the gospel authenticated by compassion and love

(1) Lets turn to Matthew 9:35 - 36

II. Body

A. The authentication of Jesus gospel

Matthew 9:35-36 NKJV

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. {36} But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

1. Jesus-style love is the opposite of the world's power-based, accomplishment-equals-importance viewpoint.

2. Christian love means putting the other person first, seeking the other person's well being regardless of what it costs.

a. As I was taught Christian love is doing the very best for the one we love regardless of the cost to us.

3. There are some lessons to be gleaned from this passage

a. The first lesson is that Jesus method of spreading the gospel was to go to where the people who needed the gospel were

(1) He went about all the cities and villages, teaching and preaching

b. Grace Baptist is a member of The Conservative Baptist Association of America

(1) We are also a member of the Rocky Mountain Conservative Baptist Association

(a) But, it seems that the leadership of these associations cannot be inconvenienced to come to the villages

(b) They will only meet in the cities

i) Turn to Luke 19:10

c. Jesus went every where

(1) To cities

(a) Large and small

(2) And to the little villages

(a) Little village like those here in rural Colorado

Luke 19:10 NKJV

"for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

(3) Where did Jesus go to find the lost

(a) I have already told you

(b) He went where the lost were

(c) Jesus went day after day to places where the lost were

d. We are foolish to sit back and wait for the lost souls to come to us

(1) The vast majority will not come

(2) They do not know to come

(3) We have to go out and get them

(4) Turn to Matthew 28:19 - 20

e. Jesus method of spreading the gospel was to go

(1) To go to the cities

(2) To go to the villages

(3) To go to the country

(4) To the hill sides

(5) To the mountains

(6) To go to the sea side

(7) To grave yards

(8) Any place there were people who were lost

(9) Then Jesus commanded His disciples to go

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

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