Mark 6:7-11 “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff--no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts--but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. Also He said to them, ‘In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!’ So they went out and preached that people should repent."
When Jesus sent out His disciples to minister, He set an example for all of us
FIRST, MINISTRY IS A PARTNERSHIP:
The Bible says, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire” (Prov 18:1)
Ministry is best when you are not alone
We see it throughout the New Testament; Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Silas
Partnership establishes truth (see Dt 17:6, 9:15, Mt 18:16, 20, 1 Cor 14:29, 2 Cor 13:1, 1 Tim 5:19, Heb 10:28)
Partnership brings encouragement (Ecc 4:9-12)
Who’s on your spiritual team?
SECOND, MINISTRY IS A WALK OF FAITH:
Their lack of earthly treasures revealed the urgency and focus of their message
It wasn’t focused on this earth, but upon the Messiah and eternal things
What’s the focus of your message, earthly comfort or heavenly urgency?
FINALLY, THEY MINISTERED WHERE THEY WERE WANTED:
Jesus only ministered where He was wanted
Whenever Jesus was asked to leave…He did!
Jesus told His followers, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Mt 7:6)
We shouldn't force the Good News upon those who do not want it
When we are rejected, “shake off the dust” and keep going
Because the Lord has prepared other hearts and we need to find them before His return (Mt 10:23)
When we force God’s message of love upon those who don’t appreciate it, they are likely to tear into us
Have you tried force feeding pigs?
It never works out!
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