If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
Investing in God’s people from life to life
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At various times Jesus sent people out for apostolic ministry. An apostle is literally a ‘sent out’ one. Here we look at the instructions given in Matthew 10 to the apostles. In Luke 10 there are similar instructions given to the 72.
All ministry holds a balance of watching over the ones entrusted to us (pastoral ministry) and reaching out to those who are beyond (apostolic ministry). Each has a different emphasis and it can be a challenge for one person to balance the two.
Jesus sent out the disciples with instructions. We explore those instructions found in Matthew 10 here.
Jesus had a specific scope to His ministry, which we see in Matthew 15:24 “24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
Matthew 10:m24 Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. ..”
Later the scope of ministry was broadened. The point here is not that the scope of all ministry is limited to the lost sheep of Israel, but that God does limit scope and we need to be attentive to our initial call. - Is there a scope to the call He as given you?
In our ministry we giving what we have received or already been a part of. It is worth reflecting on what God has already given us.
Matthew 10:7As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Matthew 10: 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; 10take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.
Matthew 10: search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
Matthew 1014 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. 15I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 16I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
The apostles were to be brought to those normally beyond their social circle.
Matthew 10: 17"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.
Matthew 10: 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Matthew 10: 32"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. ...
37"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 10: 40"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. 41Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. 42And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."