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Origins Of Discipleship, Part 3: Purpose & Power

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Introduction

Illustration: Mission Impossible
Mission: Impossible is an American television series, created and initially produced by Bruce Geller, chronicling the exploits of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). In the first season the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill; Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons. Each episode opens with a fast-paced montage that unfolds as the series' theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin plays, after which in a prologue Briggs or Phelps receives his instructions from a voice delivered on a recording which then self-destructs.
In theory, Briggs and Phelps are the only full-time members of the IMF. As the series was originally conceived, they would form teams made up of part-time agents who came from a variety of professions, choosing their operatives based on the particular skills necessary for the mission.

Transition- In Chapter 3 of the Gospel according to Mark,

Jesus assembles His Impossible Missions Force

Mark 3:13–15 ESV
And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.
Mark 3:13
Recap:
Call & Response:
Jesus Calls Whom He Desires
Those Whom He Desired
The Proper Response Is To Come
Appointment & Placement:
Jesus Calls Disciples Not Just To Belong, but to an appointment (assignment)
Jesus Places Disciples With Him: Watch & Learn

Body

Disciples Are Prepared For A Particular Purpose

He might send them out
might = plan, could,
might = to cause someone to depart for a particular purpose, to send
Ephesians 4:11–13 ESV
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Ephesians 4:11-13

Disciples Are Sent Out On Missions For Jesus Christ

on missions for Him
Illustrate: Jesus’ plan is to send disciples out
Matthew 28:19 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
What has happened within the modern church is we have at times become inward focus!
“The Great Omission” by Dallas Willard
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus sends disciples out as his own personal respresentatives
on missions for Him
2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Disciples Are Imitators Of Jesus Christ

In Preaching The Good News Of Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Mark focuses on the proclamation/preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ
Proclaiming the establishment of God’s rule
as being the establishment of God’s rule
Mark 1:1 ESV
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Mark 1:4 ESV
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Mark 1:7–8 ESV
And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 1:7 ESV
And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
Mark 1:14–15 ESV
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Mark
Mark 1:38 ESV
And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
Mark 2:2 ESV
And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them.
Mark 7:1 ESV
Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem,
Mark 7:
Mark 7:12–13 ESV
then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

In Healing The Dispossessed

expelling from human lives the demon forces that had ruled them
The use of the word authority means:
Disciples have authority to expel from human lives the demon forces that had ruled them
ability to perform an action
the power to do something
Mark 10:42
Mark 10:42–45 ESV
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Illustration: Jesus And The Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Illustration: Remember “Something He Can Feel” by Aretha Franklin
We need to give them something they can feel!
Disciples have authority to expel from human lives the demon forces that had ruled them
i.e. Disciples of Jesus have the power to do something
Consequences of Demonic Possession in Jesus’ time on earth:
Self-Harm
Violent Behavior
Irrational Behavior
Unnatural Strength
Impairment of Faculties
Suffering
Have you ever come across a person who was possessed by a demon?
Demons even show up at church sometimes!
Don’t look at your neighbor!
Keep looking straight ahead at me!
Consequences of Demonic Possession in Jesus’ time on earth:
Self-Harm
Violent Behavior
Irrational Behavior
Unnatural Strength
Impairment of Faculties
Suffering
expelling from human lives the demon forces that had ruled them
Have you ever come across a person who was possessed by a demon?
Disciples have authority to expel from human lives the demon forces that had ruled them
Cast out that unclean spirit with love!
Demons even show up at church sometimes!
Don’t look at your neighbor!
Keep looking straight ahead at me!
Illustration: Jesus And The Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Cast out the demonic spirit with kindness!
Kill that unclean spirit with patience and mercy
Illustration: Leadership meeting and leaders committing to grow in their patience

Heal Those With Unclean Spirits

Mark 1:23–26 ESV
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
Note that Jesus does not expel the man from the synagogue (the place of teaching)

Heal Those Within Our Families

Mark 1:23-
Mark 1:30–31 ESV
Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

Show The Healing Power Of A Sympathetic Spirit (For The Marginalized)

Show The Healing Power Of A Sympathetic Spirit (For The Marginalized)

Illustration: Talking with members of our community regarding how the make Taunton a better community for all of our neighbors
Mark 1:30
Our natural proclivity to want to get those people out of our sight and woman stating they are all humans
Mark 1:40–42 ESV
And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

Experience The Healing Power of Friendship

Mark 1:40-42
Mark 2:10–12 ESV
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Provide The Healing Power of Mercy

Mark 2:10
Mark 3:3–5 ESV
And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
Mark 3:
Mark 3:10–11 ESV
for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
Disciples have the power to do something
Disciples are sent out with the power to do something
Disciples are sent out by Jesus Christ with the power to make a difference for the kingdom of God
Mark 9:14–20 ESV
And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
Mark 9:14-
Mark 9:28–29 ESV
And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Mark 9:28-29
Mark 10:42–45 ESV
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:
Micah 6:8 ESV
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
to love kindness is to do mercy
Mark 9:33–37 ESV
And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Mark 9:33-
Mark 10:42–45 ESV
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:
Mark

Conclusion- The ultimate IMF assignment

Illustration: Most episodes begin with the leader of the IMF getting the assignment from a hidden tape recorder and an envelope of photos and information that explains the mission.[12] The tape almost always begins with "Good morning/afternoon/evening, Mr. Briggs/Phelps." Then it explains the situation and ends with "Your mission Dan/Jim, should you decide to accept it" or words to that effect, with a brief explanation of the mission. The listener is reminded, "As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions."
But I’m so glad,
That when Jesus accepted His IMF assignment
God the Father did not forget or disavow any knowledge of His sons actions
When humanity was a road to self-destruction
We were on our way to hell in a handbasket
We were lost and without hope
And Jesus was caught and killed
God, the Father in Heaven did not disavow any knowledge of His only begotten son Jesus Christ

Jesus Accepts An Impossible Mission Force Assignment of God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit

Mark 1:It was Jesus who
Isaiah 6:8 ESV
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8
James 5:13 ESV
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Mark 1:1–3 ESV
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’ ”
James 5:13–15 ESV
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
James 5:15 ESV
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Isaiah 40:10–13 ESV
Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel?
Isaiah 43:10–13 ESV
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God. Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?”
It was Jesus who
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
James 5:13-
It was Jesus who
Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
2 Chronicles 7:14–15 ESV
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
2 Chronicles 7:14
That’s good news church!
Mark 1:1 ESV
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Romans 10:9 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Because on one Good Friday,
They hung him high
And stretched him wide
They put nails in his hands and feet
Then he died!
But early on the 3rd day
He got up with all power and authority in his hands
Mark 16:15–20 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Mark 16:15
That’s the good news disciples proclaim!
That Jesus Christ died
And is now raised from the dead!
That’s what we preach!
And we go out,
Healing sin sick souls in the name
And power of Jesus Christ!
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