Summary: Jesus’ ministry expansion began with a mission briefing. What must a mission briefing cover to prepare the world to meet Jesus? 22 principles to prepare your world for Jesus. Part 2 of a 5-part sermon.
PREPARING YOUR WORLD TO MEET JESUS-II—Luke 10:1-16
It takes much more than one ‘lone wolf’ to bring down the prey.
A lot of basic Christian tenets in this section!
Jesus ministry expansion began with a mission briefing.
Preparing your world to meet Jesus requires mission briefing.
What must your mission briefing cover to prepare your world to meet Jesus?
22 principles to prepare your world for Jesus.
‘Envisage’—‘To have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization.’
When preparing your world to meet Jesus, Picture...
1. The Appointment to the Harvest(:1a)
2. The Pairing for the Harvest(:1a)
3. The Kept Itinerary for the Harvest(:1b)
4. The Harvest(:2a)
5—When preparing your world to meet Jesus
PICTURE THE LABOR IN THE HARVEST(:2b)
:2b—“..., but the laborers are few;...”
‘Labor’—‘Expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory.’
For what are laborers responsible?—Sacrifice of self
Rom. 12:1-2—“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living & holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good & acceptable & perfect.”
Js. 2:14-22—“What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing & in need of daily food, & one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed & be filled,” & yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith, & I have works; show me your faith without the works, & I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, & shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, & as a result of the works, faith was perfected;”
1Thess. 5:12-13—“But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, & have charge over you in the Lord & give you instruction, & that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.”
Jn. 4:36-38—““Already he who reaps is receiving wages, & is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows & he who reaps may rejoice together. “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, & another reaps.’ “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, & you have entered into their labor.”
1Cor. 3:7-8—“So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants & he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”
1Cor. 16:15-16—“Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, & that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints), that you also be in subjection to such men & to everyone who helps in the work & labors.”
My daddy loved crab meat/I can either take it or leave it/Not worth the effort & mess of preparation/Return is not worth the effort/Some feel that way about God’s harvest/LABOR in the HARVEST
Thanksgiving with family/Host always loaded down with work/
?You pictured the LABOR in the Harvest of souls?
?You preparing your world to meet Jesus?
6—When preparing your world to meet Jesus
PICTURE THE LABOR FORCE OF THE HARVEST(:2c)
:2b—“..., but the laborers are few;...beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers”
Mat. 7:13-14—“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, & the way is broad that leads to destruction, & many are those who enter by it. “For the gate is small, & the way is narrow that leads to life, & few are those who find it.”
“Send out laborers”—
We are not by ourselves—Others will follow & are involved in other places—Commission Magazine
?Why, out of 25,000 people in Grady County, Only so many claim evangelical church membership?
Disappointed in size of the labor force? Yes, very disappointing to give your energies to the Lord only to have His graces be refused by others.