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From Calling to Commissioning
The disciples that were chosen to apostles for a purpose now are being sent out with a commission to fulfill the purpose.
A limited commission at this time.
From disciples to Apostles (Mk3:13-19)
Apostles with a purpose (Mk3:14-15)
David McKenna in his commentary about this section of scripture says:
“From now on, a new reality will dictate His ministry, a reality in which the scales tip from service to suffering, a reality in which the clock of destiny ticks into fast time on an appointment with death.”
The cross is before Jesus and the time in preparation for the Apostles to carry out the Great Commission is at hand, so time to put them into the field to start some work.
The day to day operations of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven is about to be passed down to the Apostles, no more time for leisurely learners , time to raise up men ready to preach, teach, heal and cast out demons.
This is all happening after the homecoming in Nazareth in which there was rejection of the message and the messenger.
Jesus is going to entrust the message and the mission to the 12 who responded to the call.
Mk1:7
Today in our passage we will see they are sent out with authority, so let’s get to the passage.
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What did you see, what did you notice, what sticks out to you?
So in Mark’s account of the limited commission which is parallel in Mt10:1-15, limited as in time and authority right now, but also limited for the house of Israel.
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Jesus is giving a class on practical evangelism, preparing them for their mission field that is coming.
The instructions, the principles are solid and we can glean from them today.
Principle of Synergy
Synergy: The working together of two or more things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.
Evangelism is a synergistic.
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Apostles sent out in pairs (Mk6:7) - only noted in Mark’s account
Method further proven in sending the 70 (Lk10:1)
Or even Paul and Barnabas (Act13:2)
Why Synergy, or synergistic method?
Synergistic sending when sending in pairs (Mk6:7)
Synergistic witness according to the Law (Deu17:6)
Synergistic for encouragement purposes too (Ecc4:9-10)
Synergy lends credibility to their story (Jn8:17)
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Synergistic sending when sending in pairs (Mk6:7)
Proven method when Jesus sent the 70 in (Lk10:1)
or you can look it up more in Act13:2 when Paul and Barnabas where separated and sent out together.
Synergistic sending when sending in pairs (Mk6:7)
Synergistic witness according to the Law (Deu17:6)
Synergistic sending when sending in pairs (Mk6:7)
Synergistic witness according to the Law (Deu17:6)
Synergistic for encouragement purposes too (Ecc4:9-10)
Synergistic sending when sending in pairs (Mk6:7)
Synergistic witness according to the Law (Deu17:6)
Synergistic for encouragement purposes too (Ecc4:9-10)
Synergy lends credibility to their story (Jn8:17)
How about some application as we go along the way today?
Many churches have a minister and an evangelist.
The evangelist is about bringing people to the body, the minister is about keeping the people in the body and growing in Christ.
In looking at mission work you will see mission teams, or partners, rarely would you see a sole person in mission field.
We are synergistic here when it comes to visiting, in home bible studies etc.
So it is smart to partner up with someone, or a group of people and strive together vs. trying to do it on your own.
So may we remember to be synergistic in our desire to grow the church here.
(transition) - this now leads us from working together to the next principle in evangelism as seen in our passage today, support.
Principle of support
Support, resources, authority are important when it comes to evangelistic endeavors.
That as well as faith and yes, sacrifice.
Authority given (Mk7:7)
We have not had any questions as of yet, so let’s break down this section some with some questions.
Who gave the authority to them (v.7) is it implied on stated?
What was the authority given (v.7)?
What were the instructions given (vv.8-10)?
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Principle of support
Allowed them support, from others (MK6:8-10)
Support by those who are willing to support (LK10:7-8)
This principle also applied, applies, to elders who rule well (1Tim5:17-18)
Principle further shown in (3Jn5-8)
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Notice in this section it is about what not to take more than what to take, which means they were to trust, rely on the support of others to accomplish their mission.
Support comes from those who are willing to support
If they are received, that means they are supported.
We can see other use of support in the N.T. in Paul’s writing to Timothy
and then look at the words of John
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So we have some biblical examples of how the gospel was spread, with authority and with support to this point, so what can we do today in our evangelistic efforts in modeling the New Testament.
example?
Preachers, and preaching/teaching elders are worthy of support today so their focus can be on the work and not finances.
Support should come from within the Christian community, not in the means of getting rich, accumulating wealth, but to support so they can keep focus on the gospel.
Churches can provide and oftentimes do provide the support (2Cor11:8-9)
There is much mission work, both foreign/domestic that is left undone due to churches unwillingness to send and support the work (Rom10:15)
There is much mission work, both foreign/domestic that is left undone due to churches unwillingness to send and support the work (Rom10:15)
Idalou Church of Christ sent me.
They prayed, they supported me in school, they sent me to Lockett, and they prayerfully joined in sending me here to Westside.
They pray weekly for my work here and our congregation.
Then coming from the congregational level in support, coming down to the individual support.
I have been blessed with an 86 year old woman who has been partnered with my wife and I since we started school.
She prays, she supports, she writes cards of encouragement to us.
So it is not out of the ordinary to help support a person in ministry too.
Tabby and I support a missionary couple in Scotland and have for years now.
There is a saying I heard in preparing to go to school “If you are unable to teach, at least be willing to support those who do.”
I thought that line was pretty harsh, but in hindsight now, it is accurate.
Preachers, in general, are over worked, under appreciated, under payed, under supported in prayer and encouragement.
No, I’m not here looking for a raise or anything!
Now leading us to our next point.
Principle of selection
Principle of Selection
The principle of selection is about willingness and reception, it is not a principle of judgment and exclusion.
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Apostles were to be selective, who was willing to receive them.
If a household accepted and gave hospitality to them, they were to stay put
Apostles were to stay put, when a house received them.
If received and offered hospitality into a home they were to stay put.
They were not to look for any other accommodations or better one’s.
Shake off the dust if no reception (Mt7:6; Act13:42-46; Mk16:15).
When an orthodox Jew returned from a Gentile area (like Samaria) they were to shake off every bit of dust from shoes because the Gentiles were considered unclean and dogs.
(Insert door knocking experience, story here; Be sure to watch the clock).
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