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Risk and Reward

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MAIN POINT: Christ calls us to a costly service in the midst of opposition and suffering, and yet promises us through faith, God's sovereign care and protection will sustain us.

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Instruction for Past Apostles

Condition

Matthew 9:35–10:1 ESV
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.
Jesus went on mission
Gospel proclamation
Masses
Miseries
Malignancy
Ambassadors Wanted = PRAY !!!
represent the King and extend His work

Commission

Matthew 10:5–15 ESV
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
Limited Atonement
Message Shift
Kingdom Come - Kingdom Came - Kingdom Come
Freely Given to Freely Give!
go to the needy!
House to House / Town to Town
hospitality / provision

Instruction for Future Disciples

Catch

Matthew 10:16–23 ESV
16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Tough Minded / Tender Hearted
sheep / shepherd / wolves
go into danger!
opposition… is inevitable
by family
government
you will be betrayed / hated / persecuted = becoming like Christ
Opportunity… divine help & support
not a reason for complacency or lack of study
Obligation… you are sent!

Instruction for Present Disciples

Care

Matthew 10:24–39 ESV
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. 26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
FEAR NOT!!
Fear will seek to tempt us… !
Suffering is to be expected
like father like son!
Acts 5:41 ESV
41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
God will bring everything to light
all will be laid bare - God sees all
Only Fear God
John 5:24 ESV
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Eight: The King’s Ambassadors (Matthew 10)

Martin Luther caught this truth when he wrote:

Let goods and kindred go,

This mortal life also;

The body they may kill:

God’s truth abideth still;

His kingdom is forever.

God cares for His own
Luke 12:6 ESV
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
How He cares for the least of things…
Christ honors those who confess Him
2 Timothy 2:12–13 ESV
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
Confess Publicly / Love Supremely
We cannot escape conflict
the very nature of the gospel is divisive
Christ’s call is that we might be decisive

Compensation

Matthew 10:40–42 ESV
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
We can be a blessing to others
We will lose nothing

Close

May God grant us a supernatural awareness of the condition of the lost
May God empower us for sacrificial obedience to the commission of Christ
MAIN POINT: Christ calls us to a costly service of opposition and suffering, and yet promises us through faith, God's sovereign care and protection will sustain us.
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