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Summary: Jesus’ ministry received practical/physical support. Our support of the Gospel of Christ promotes certain attitudes. Part 1 of a 3-part sermon.

JESUS’ SUPPORT—Luke 8:1-3

Or Ministering to Ministry

Need:

The ministry will be supported by somebody.

Jesus’ ministry received practical/physical support.

The ministry of the gospel receives practical/physical support.

What practical/physical support does the ministry of the gospel of Christ receive?

What is the promoted thru a support of the gospel of Christ?

Some attitudes promoted by the practical/physical support of the Gospel of Christ.

1—Practical support of the Gospel of Christ promotes

A MISSIONARY ATTITUDE(:1a) Far-reaching

—Explanation:(:1a)

“And it came about soon afterwards, that He began going about from one city & village to another, ...”

“One...to another/Every city & village”—

Methodical approach to spread of ministry.

Mat. 10:5-7—“These twelve[disciples] Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, & do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Mat. 15:24—“But He answered & said, “I[Jesus] was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.””

—Argumentation:

Acts 13:1-4—“Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets & teachers: Barnabas, & Simeon who was called Niger, & Lucius of Cyrene, & Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, & Saul. And while they were ministering to the Lord & fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas & Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted & prayed & laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia & from there they sailed to Cyprus.”—Thus began Paul’s 1st Missionary Journey.

OUR PURPOSE—‘...Reach...others for Christ’

OUR VISION—‘...Developing positive relationships...’

—Illustration:

Pepsi ads with Brittney Spears/Share their product with others/MISSIONARY attitude

—Application:

?Your support for the Gospel of Christ promote a MISSIONARY ATTITUDE?

?What does your support for the Gospel of Christ promote?

?Your support for the Gospel of Christ Practical?

2—Practical support of the Gospel of Christ promotes

A DIVERSE ATTITUDE(:1b) Manifold/Multifold/Multifaceted

—Explanation:(:1b)

“...proclaiming & preaching the kingdom of God;...”

“Proclaiming(Preaching)”—khrussw—To officially Herald, Publish or make known.

“Preaching(Proclaiming)/Bringing/Shewing the glad tidings”—euaggelizw—Bring good news/message.

?How many ways exist in which to bring good news?

“The kingdom of God”—God’s presence, rule & reign.

—Argumentation:

OUR PURPOSE—‘...Reach & Nurture...others for Christ’

OUR VISION—‘...Developing positive relationships...’—No limits on Diversity/Means of accomplishment

—Illustration:

Scuba & Ski Chalet in Savannah/Cover all year with seasonal activities

Farmer/Plants same crop year by year/Starves/But Farmer plants diversity of crops survives

—Application:

?Your support for the Gospel of Christ promote a DIVERSE ATTITUDE?

?What does your support for the Gospel of Christ promote?

?Your support for the Gospel of Christ Practical?

3—Practical support of the Gospel of Christ promotes

A COOPERATIVE ATTITUDE(:1c; 2a; 3c)

—Explanation:(:1c; 2a; 3c)

:1—“And the twelve were with Him...”

:2a—“......& also some women who had been healed of evil spirits & sicknesses...”

:3c—“...& many others...”—Women

Co-laborers with Christ

—Argumentation:

3Jn. 1:5-8—“Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, & especially when they are strangers; & they bear witness to your love before the church; & you will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers with the truth.”

2Tim. 1:8—“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,”

—Illustration:

Local Church with no extended family is sick/Cooperative

SBC Cooperative Program encourages Cooperative Attitude

Large business/CEO, Managers, Secretaries, Financial, Experimental, Production, Any organized effort requires cooperation—willingly submit to the organizational structure

—Application:

?Your support for the Gospel of Christ promote a COOPERATIVE ATTITUDE?

?What does your support for the Gospel of Christ promote?

?Your support for the Gospel of Christ Practical?

4—Practical support of the Gospel of Christ promotes

A GRATEFUL ATTITUDE(:2a)

—Explanation:(:2a)

“...& also some women who had been healed of evil spirits & sicknesses:...”

“Women”—Victims of culture

“Healed”—

“Evil Spirits”—

“Sicknesses/Infirmities”—

Affected by & Zealously bound to Jesus’ truth.

—Argumentation:

Ps. 50:23—“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.”

Col. 3:16-17—“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching & admonishing one another with psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

Col. 4:2—“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;...”

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