Summary: #6 in a series. "As communities of the King, we should model what the Kingdom looks like when God has His way with a group of people." John Wimber
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Let’s review our main premise...
Jesus’ mission & ministry is a FULLY TRANSFERABLE MINISTRY.
Luke 9:1-2 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Here we see Jesus is PASSING THE TORCH to His followers. Jesus is transferring His ministry to His twelve friendsâ€¦giving them "power & authority" to cure diseases & drive out demons & to preach a Kingdom Message...right?
Letâ€™s be honestâ€¦when most of us read this passageâ€¦we just canâ€™t easily identify with this commissionâ€¦ We can believe itâ€™s transferable to His disciples BUT NOT to you & me here in 2006â€¦right?
Cure diseasesâ€¦drive out demonsâ€¦power preachâ€¦it all sounds too weird or too pentecostal or too charismatic to us...so we leave it alone.
Let me help you de-mystify this TRANSFERABLE MINISTRY of JESUS a bit moreâ€¦turn over to Luke 10:1-9
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, â€œThe harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 â€œWhen you enter a house, first say, â€˜Peace to this house.â€™ 6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 â€œWhen you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, â€˜The kingdom of God is near you.â€™
Now, Iâ€™ll be honestâ€¦as I read Lukeâ€™s account of this transactionâ€¦Jesusâ€™ TRANSFERABLE MINISTRY gets a bit more digestible here for me! WHY??
First of all there is...
NO BIG ANOINTING WHOOPLA
no picture of Jesus giving these guys "power & authority" He simply "sends" them outâ€¦
NO POWER PREACHING
no call toâ€¦"preach"â€¦just "tell them the Kingdom of God is near"
NO CURING DISEASES
no mention of "curing diseases" only the word "heal" which for me is a much less threatening word!
NO CASTING OUT DEMONS!
no mention of "casting out demons" (whew)
As a matter of factâ€¦itâ€™s a perfect picture of what Gary Best calls Naturally Supernaturalâ€¦
1. Jesusâ€™ followers are not the main act. (We simply point to Jesus)
2. Jesusâ€™ followers go in simplicity & peace. (Itâ€™s not about us)
3. Jesusâ€™ followersâ€™ words & actions are fairly simple. (God is here)
Yet if we read on to verse 17...
Lk 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, â€œLord, even the demons submit to us in your name.â€
We see that THE SUPERNATURAL POWER OF GOD SHOWS UP as these 72 guys go out! HEALING, DELIVERANCE, ETC ETC
Letâ€™s get objective here for a minute...letâ€™s step away from the story to help you grasp what the disciples were actually doing
Keep in mind this truth...ALL the SIGNS & WONDERS we see Jesus & His disciples doing (HEALING THE SICK, CASTING OUT DEMONS, MULITPLYING FOOD, RAISING THE DEAD) are illustrations of a message: The King is here. Where-ever the King is, we experience King-stuff (God-stuff. God-activity) Godâ€™s POWER is a by-product of Godâ€™s message.
We make a HUGE MISTAKE when we think that the disciples had the GIFT of HEALING & GIFT of DRIVING OUT DEMONS carte blanche!
SIGNS & WONDERS HAPPENED THROUGH THEIR HANDS ONLY as they went out with JESUSâ€™ KINGDOM MESSAGE. As they WENTâ€¦telling people the KING IS HEREâ€¦The King showed up. God displays His might & power as the disciples simply do their part. TELL & SHOW.
One of the biggest reasons we fail to step into Jesusâ€™ TRANSFERABLE MINISTRY is we believe WE have to be the SOURCE OF POWER for Godï¿½s miracles.
That mind-set not only scares most of us away from praying for others, but...itâ€™s bad theology.
In Chapter 3â€¦Gary Best makes THIS HUGE POINTâ€¦
POWER COMES FOR A PURPOSEâ€¦
These supernatural activities that come through the hands of His followers are simplyâ€¦GRACE-LETS. (Talent on loan from God...as Rush Limbaugh might say)
POWER for the MOMENT!
When you understand that YOUR ROLE is to simply SHOW UP, bringing ONE simple message: God is here. Your prayer then becomes pretty simpleâ€¦you ASK GODâ€™S KINGDOM to BREAK IN ON THIS CURRENT SITUATION. Godâ€™s RULE & REIGN to COME. Nothing more. Nothing less.