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Summary: Jesus sends His disciples out on their first "mission." His instructions to the twelve give us an indication of what we should do when we are sent to carry out a mission for Jesus as well

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SENT FORTH ON A MISSION

Text: Mark 6:7 – 13, 30

Introduction:

• 1986 decided to major in secondary education

• Transferred to Ohio University

• Took courses in curriculum development, educational psychology, media methods, teaching methods, and mathematics

• Before I could get my diploma and teaching license, I had to complete student teaching

• Supposed to take all that I had learned and apply it in a real situation for an extended period of time

• Spring of 1989 I began my student teaching

• Disciples had been taught by Jesus, had watched him heal and cast out demons, had heard him preach and teach to the multitudes

• Now it was time for them to do their “student teaching”

• Jesus sends them out on a mission to take all that they had learned and apply it in a real situation for an extended period of time

• Before they leave, He gives them some specific instructions about how they are to carry out their mission

• His instructions to the twelve give us an indication of what we should do when we are sent to carry out a mission for Jesus as well

I. Everyone had a job to do. (v. 7)

• Notice that he sent out all 12

• Jesus has a mission for every Christian

i. It’s true: some of us are pastors, some of us are teachers, some of us are evangelists, some of us are missionaries

ii. But the majority of us are called to do other things

iii. 1 Corinthians 12:27 – 30 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?”

iv. Jesus doesn’t send a lot of Christians to Africa, but He sends a lot of Christians across the room or down the street

v. Every Christian has the mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the lost

vi. How we do that depends upon what God has gifted us to do

II. They were not to work alone. (v. 7)

• Acts: Peter and John; Paul and Barnabas; Paul and Silas

• Jesus does not send out Lone Rangers

• We are all expected to work together to accomplish the mission

• We need the strength, support, and encouragement of our brothers and sisters

• That’s one reason why it’s so important to be faithful to church

III. They received their power and authority from Jesus (v. 7)

• “You don’t understand…I’m not talented, I don’t know what to say, I don’t have the resources”

• The disciples were to use what Jesus had given them through teaching and experience to accomplish their mission

• Jesus never sends you to do anything that He doesn’t prepare and equip you for

• Sending you to witness to your next door neighbor? Pray for insight in what to say and how to approach him.

• When Jesus sends you, He is working on the other end as well

• The great mistake and failure of a lot of Christians is that they try to accomplish their missions on their own strength, intelligence, and abilities


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