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Sheep Among The Wolves: Introduction

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Title - Sheep The Among Wolves: Introduction
Series - Sheep Among The Wolves
Text -
Matthew 10:16–18 NKJV
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
Why would Jesus send His “sheep” in the midst of wolves?
Jesus was telling His disciples is dangerous work. They will be persecuted, hurt, and even killed.
The Main Point
Ministry is dangerous work, and demands careful wise actions on the part of the ministers of the Word.

Sermon Points

The Dangerous Reality of Ministry

What happens when we step out and proclaim the Gospel to the world around us?

Ministry takes us to enemy territory.

“among the wolves”
“Go out into all the world...”
- we are in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation!
perverse - men who deviate from what is moral, good, and right
- walk in wisdom toward those who are OUTSIDE
Real ministry is right inside enemy territory!
Moses was sent to Egypt
Joshua was sent to Canaan
Samson was sent to the Philistines
Daniel was sent to Babylon
Jesus was sent to the world

Ministry makes us stir the hornets’ nest.

- you will be hated by all
- beware of men
they will deliver you upto councils
they will scourge you in “synagogues”
your relatives will persecute you
you will be hated by all
Real ministry will stir up demons from the slumber
Egypt was stirred when Moses came
Canaan was stirred when Joshua came
Judaism was stirred up when Jesus came
Rome was stirred when Paul went around proclaiming the gospel

Ministry makes us the focus of enemy attacks.

- the enemies will plot against you
Persecution of the early church
- Paul and Barnabas were expelled from their region
- unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles agains Paul
- unbelievers from Thessalonica went to Berea to stir up the crowd
Real ministry will put your life in danger.

Christ Equips His Disciples

“Behold, I sent you out as sheep...”

Why Sheep? Obedient follower
the sheep depends on the Shepherd
the sheep listens to the voice of the Shepherd for instruction
Why sheep? Sacrificial
Christ wants his servants to be willing to sacrifice things in life, even their own lives if necessary
Why Sheep? to put to shame the mighty ones in the world
- God chose to use the “weak things” to put to shame the mighty!

“Be wise but harmless...”

be “wise” - Grk. phronimos, thoughtful, practically wise, sensible
a serpent is known to calculate his moves carefully before making the attack
“Be harmless as doves...”
be harmless - Grk. akeraios, unmixed, pure, undefiled
Why dove? Gentle and innocent
doves are known to attract people to touch them


Real life ministry is full of danger, because we are doing the work right inside enemy territory.
It is out there - outside these walls, into enemy territory
But our Lord and Master takes care of His workers!
Mark 16.15-20
Mark 16:15–20 NKJV
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
there will be demons - but we will cast them out
there will be serpents - but nothing shall harm them
the Lord will be working with us!
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