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Take Part In Missions     Matt 9:35-38; 10:5-14, 26-31     Sept 30, 07

I heard Billy Graham preach at one of our conventions and he said something like this, 
"If the world is won to Christ the significant mission organizations of this convention will play a meaningful part." It pleased me to hear that from him. By our actions lets, Take Part In Missions.

1. Take Part In Missions Through Specific . . Prayer. 9:35-38

    A.    Specific Prayer For A . . Willingness To Share The Good News. 9:35-36
            35 Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their • synagogues,
preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.  36 When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd.

    B.    Specific Prayer For . . Workers To Share The Good News. 9:35-36

                37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.  38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."

        Sometimes active church members will study missions and pray for missionaries but never be willing to walk across the street to witness. Specific prayer for lost people is good, but Jesus requested prayer for workers to go out into the mission field and share the gospel in His harvest. Just a few weeks ago, the evangelism team led by my wife led a lady to the Lord. The one who actually led the lady in the sinner's prayer was a newer Christian zealous for evangelism training.

2. Take Part In Missions Through Submissive . . Planning. 10:5-10

      A.     Submissive Planning Following The Lord's . .Recommendations. 10:5
            5 Jesus sent out these 12 after giving them instructions: "Don't take the road leading to other nations, and don't enter any • Samaritan town.

        B.    Submissive Planning Following The Lord's . . Requirements. 10:6-8
Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, announce this: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.

        C.    Submissive Planning Following The Lord's . . Regulations. 10:6-8
            9  Don't take along gold, silver, or copper for your money-belts. 10 Don't take a taveling bag for the road, or an extra
shirt, sandals, or a walking stick, for the worker is
worthy of his food.

        Jesus recommended a plan to His disciples for the geographical areas in which to share His message. When we share it is not enough to just talk about our church or Christianity in general, Jesus wants us to actually share the gospel. Recently a friend of mine, while waiting for the choir to finish practicing, led a deacons wife to the Lord. No one had ever really presented the claims of Christ to her personally. If we submit to the Lord's plan we will share the gospel. The Lord requires His disciples to do many ministries, and we all need to be obedient to what ever He requires of us. The Lord presented a plan regulating how His disciples would be taken care of monetarily. One evangelist said, "Where He leads I will follow, and what He feeds I will swallow."

3. Take Part In Missions Through Sharing . . Peace. 10:11-14

        A.    Sharing The Peace Of God Readily With Those Who . . Desire It. 10:11-13a
11 "When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there
until you leave. 11 "When you enter any town or village, find out who is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 Greet a household when you enter it, 13 and if the household is worthy, let your peace be on it. . . ."

        B.    Sharing The Peace Of God Restrictively With Those Who . . Decline It. 10:13b-14
            13b  But if it is unworthy, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house or town.

        Some people want to hear the gospel but no one shares it with them. A few weeks ago a man shared with me that as a child he came forward to make his profession of faith, and no one told him how to do it, and he needed some guidance. He was handed a card and told he would be baptized. He expected something to happen but it never did. Praise the Lord he did acknowledge the Lordship of Christ as an adult. Jesus wants the gospel clearly shared, especially with those who desire to hear. Some will decline to hear the gospel, and we should not be discouraged by them since the Lord told us about these kind of people.

4. Take Part In Missions The Savior's . . Protection. 10:26-31
        A.   Trusting The Savior's Protection By . . Announcing His Message. 10:26-28
                26 "Therefore, don't be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won't be
uncovered, and nothing hidden that won't be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark,speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops. 28 Don't fearthose who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able todestroy both soul and body in • hell.

            B.    Trusting The Savior's Protection By . . Acknowledging His Message. 10:29-31
Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's consent. 30 But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  31 Don't be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.

        The Lord promises to protect us as we take part in missions through sharing our faith. Our responsibility is to announce the gospel. One man said, "We are in sales not management." The message of the Lord's protection is illustrated with sparrows and the hairs of our head. As we obey we acknowledge the Lord's teachings. When we are obedient we Take Part In Missions. Amen? Amen!