The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more … Continue reading Prayer in an age of distraction
When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” Luke 10:17 NLT Failure on mission Twice in fairly quick succession Jesus sends his disciples out to “tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,” first in chapter 9 and … Continue reading Discipleship training
So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick... When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. Luke 9:6,10 The disciples were sent out. They did what Jesus told them, preaching the good news … Continue reading Missions: coming home
Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes. Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town. And if a town refuses to welcome you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show … Continue reading How to do missions
Christians are people who have chosen to believe in Jesus. They are also people who have chosen to accept the mission Jesus has given them. Believing in Jesus brings them into a new level of existence, characterized by knowing God, by being loved by God, and by loving him. In short, it introduces them to … Continue reading The threefold mission
People responding to Jesus' first recorded sermon: All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked... Luke 4:22 NIV A little way further into the same sermon: All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, … Continue reading Jesus’ first sermon?
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4:3-4 NIV) The very first recorded temptation of Jesus is to meet his own physical need. He had chosen to fast for a long … Continue reading Not bread alone