Summary: Jesus charge to the 70 becomes a guide for changing our world.
If You Want To Change The World
Topic: The way the church can change the world
Aim: To motivate the congregation to fulfill their individual and corporate responsibility of changing the world through evangelism.
Statement - Our world is changing at a tremendous pace.
Question - Who would have imagined the pace at which our world was changed in 1991?
1) Bush declaring the New World Order after a successful Desert Storm
2) Reunification of Germany in less than one year
3) The disintegration of the Soviet Union
Reflection - Yet the church has been caught responding to the vast changes in the world, rather than being a catalyst for change.
Key Statement - Scripturally, the church is a change agent. In Luke 10:1, we have a prefiguring of the changes that the Church will make in the world. "70 sent" is Luke’s expressing a world-wide influence. In this context, Christ present to the 70, in the use of three imperatives, three moves by which his followers can change the world.
1. Move from carefree complacency to intensive intercession (v. 2)
Observation - We often ask for people to be sent out to our lost and dying world. But our asking usually is a complacent, half-hearted, "God, please send someone."
Explanation - The term that occurs here is more than a half-hearted, ho-hum idea. Yes, ask conveys the idea of praying. But there is something present in the Greek term that is used that makes "ask" inadequate. The term carries the connotation of pleading. There is a real heartfelt yearning with tears behind the prayer, which demonstrates itself in intensive intercession.
Clarification - Notice Jesus doesn’t ask them to pray aside from the salvation needs of the world. He draws their attention specifically to those needs.
Example - Notice the emphasis in Acts on the prayers of the church. Several times those prayers are in the context of a witnessing church.
1) Acts 2:42, 47 - "They continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayer … and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
2) Acts 4 - The believers prayed and "they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly."
Application - Do you have friends, family, coworkers, classmates, acquaintances who do not have a relationship with Christ. Recognize their lostness and begin to pray for them. Pray for them by name. Praye for them repeatedly.
Illustration - A new preacher began at a church. He and the chairman of the elders were going to go calling on the prospects who had visited the church since the previous minister had left. The elder picked him up. They went to the church. The elder began to pray. The elder explained, "I was in the ministry a long time ago. I started the habit then of praying 1/2 hour for every person I was going to visit. I thought I should pass that on to you.
Transition - Do you wan to change the world? If you do, the place to begin is on your knees moving from carefree complacency to intensive intercession. The second imperative and the second move occur in verse 3.