Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about a mission centered life, based on Luke 10:1-20 (link).
Call to Worship
We are called today to follow Jesus;
to carry His name far and wide!
We are called to bless people in His name;
and to be a blessing as we serve people in His honor!
As we gather this morning, let us seek faith, courage and knowledge to be true missionaries of Christ; to reach out to others every day of our journey through life.
Let us worship God!
Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we easily profess our faith when we are surrounded by other believers. We safely praise Your name when we worship on Sundays; but we fail to be outspoken witnesses when Your Word is most effective: with the lost, the unsure and those who cannot or do not see. We count on You to keep us safe from persecution, yet are too afraid to reach outside our comfort zones. Help us to truly believe that we are called by You to share Your Word; to serve others as You command. Help us trust in You as we boldly go into Your mission field: our community, city, state and world…
Assurance of Pardon
Jesus was crucified for leading people to the Word and He calls us to do the same; to follow Him, to turn from sin and live in His grace and mercy forever.
Thanks be to God!
The Mission of the Seventy
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
Woes to Unrepentant Cities
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades.
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
The Return of the Seventy
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”