Summary: What price could you set on the gospel work a pastor does? Think about that as Jesus shows us what he expects from the preachers he sends and what he expects from the hearers. Parts: A. It comes as a free gift. B. Receive it with open hearts and homes.

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Text: Mark 6:7-13

Theme: Jesus Sends Out His Priceless Gospel of Repentance

A. It comes as a free gift

B. Receive it with open hearts and homes

Season: Pentecost 8b

Date: July 26, 2009

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Word from God through which the Holy Spirit reveals our Savior, Jesus Christ is Mark 6

"[Jesus] calls together the twelve and began sending them two by two. He was giving them authority over unclean spirits and commanded them that they should not take anything on the trip except only a staff -- no bread, no bag, no money in their belt -- but to go wearing sandals. "And don’t wear two tunics." He was saying to them, "Wherever you enter into a house, there stay until you leave from there. Whichever place does not welcome you and doesn’t hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony to them." When they went out, they preached that they should repent. They were driving out many demons, pouring oil on many who were sick, and healing them." (Mark 6:7-13)

Dear friends in Christ, fellow saints washed clean in the blood of our risen Savior:

No doubt, you’ve seen the Mastercard® Priceless TVTM commercials. For example one of them called "Icons" goes like this: Broccoli: $1.79; tuna: $3.99; crescent rolls $2.39; getting everyone together for dinner: priceless (

We could make a similar commercial. It might go like this: /Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal/ hymnal: $21; NIV Bible: $9.99; one set of service folders: $6.30; hearing the Gospel of Jesus: priceless.

The Gospel is priceless in both senses of the word. It comes to you free of cost, no price, no charge. And yet all money in the world could not purchase what the Gospel brings to you. No matter how many digits follow the dollar sign, it cannot pay for the forgiveness, for the reconciliation, for the eternal life that the Gospel brings to you who believe. The Gospel of Jesus is priceless.

Keep this in mind, dear friends, as we join Jesus as he sends out his disciples to preach this Gospel of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Then we will better understand the work of a pastor and also the response God is looking for in you, the hearers. So we focus on the theme: Jesus sends out his priceless Gospel of repentance. Part one: It comes as a free gift. Part two: Receive it with open hearts and homes.

A. It comes as a free gift

1. What’s the message of the Gospel, which is preached as a free gift?

Jesus calls together the twelve disciples to send them out. This mission was to the people of Israel. He was giving them early field experience. After his resurrection he would send them out to all nations. They were to take nothing extra with them on this mission, only the sandals on their feet and the staff in their hand. Jesus gave them authority to drive out evil spirits as well as to heal the sick. These miracles confirmed that the message they proclaimed was from God and not from their own imagination and reasoning.

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