As we come again to Luke’s Gospel, we see Jesus sending out 70 disciples to be His ambassadors, proclaiming the reality of the Kingdom, validated by their works of service and ministry. As we see them go out, we are encouraged to remember that the Lord likewise uses each of us in the mission of the great harvest. He has called us to be faithful to Him as we live out the mission of reconciliation. Jesus uses imperfect men and women, just like us, to spread the good news through our words and actions. This is not a call for the professional, it is a call for us. This is indeed an exciting adventure, seeing the Gospel spread before us.
We must not be those who become distracted, but live out lives, wherever we are called, for the glory of the Lord, living in faith, witnessing in faith, serving in faith.
Are you ready for the life of great adventure? Consider our part in the great harvest!
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
Serving in the Great Harvest
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
- Jesus initially sent out 12. Now 70. What does this suggest concerning the nature of the Kingdom?
- Consider what Jesus said about the harvest. Do you see it as great? Does that motivate you in anyway?
- Who sends out the laborers? What is your responsibility to that end?
- Where are the dangers and the promises in vs 4?
- According to vss 5 and 6, to whom should we preach the Gospel? How is the Gospel to be received? What is the Gospel to do?
- How are we to live out vs 9 today?
- According to vss 11 and 12, what is the sin that is worse than sodomy?
- What is your response to the Gospel? What is your response to sharing the Gospel?
- How should this change your prayer life and motivate you in your mission?