First Sunday and Graduate Recognition Notes/Audio

Graduate Recognition Sermon


  • Believe that as a follower of Jesus Christ, you are appointed and sent on mission. v. 1

The 12 sent in chapter 9, then the 72 in chapter 10 establishes that the 72 have the mission just as the 12…closing any perceived gap in any perceived class of disciple.

  • Life on mission is a team sport. v. 1
  • Believe that there is more than enough work to do. v. 2

“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.”

  • Pray: Ask continually for more workers to join you. v. 2
  • Get after it! Don’t waste your life procrastinating. Live on mission. v. 3
  • Believe that Jesus’ way is often dangerous and full of risk. Embrace that! v. 3
  • Embrace failure as your greatest teacher.
  • Embrace insurmountable odds as a time for Jesus to do signs and wonders.
  • Trust Jesus to provide what you can’t. v. 4
  • Be urgent: Don’t let non-necessities impede you. v. 4

See 2 Kings 4:29

These…greetings were tedious, complicated, and often meddlesome if others were present or engaged in a bargain.[1]

  • Look for people who will befriend you and invest there. v. 5-7

“Son of peace” is a “Hebraism” usually speaking of a head of house.

  1. Jesus’ point is to invest and not waste time flittering from place to place.
  2. Note that this “son of peace” is not a Jesus follower, but one who needs to be introduced to Jesus.\
  • Be adaptable: Learn to cross cultures without freaking out. v. 8
  • Heal and preach. v. 9

“Heal” – “therapeuete”…to wait on…to cure…take care of…

“Say” – “Lego”…to lay down…applied to speech, it means to “lay it down” to speak a definite message…

  • Don’t lose your prophetic voice. v. 10-12

Jeremiah 15:19 (ESV) Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.

  • Believe that as Jesus’ ambassador in the gospel, you are his voice and call. v. 16
  • Don’t take rejection personal. It’s Jesus they are rejecting. v. 16

[1] A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933), Lk 10:4.

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