apostles

Sermon Notes:

1. Go in Power and Purpose
a) The ultimate result of discipleship is going.
b) The purpose of going is to proclaim good news!

2. Travel Light
a) Contentment empowers the mission.
b) Obedience and faith are all the disciple needs.

3. Make Jesus Known
a) A disciple’s work is meant to make Jesus known.
b) The same Jesus who sent and empowers the apostles lives in you!

Questions for further thought or discussion:

  1. If the ultimate goal of discipleship is to be sent, what does that mean for Christians today?  What is our mission?
  2. It’s easy in our culture to get bogged down with the weight of material needs.  What does it look like to “travel light” as a Christian?  What are the only things we truly need to fulfill His mission?
  3. Have you been empowered to serve and proclaim Jesus in your world?  What have you been given that can be used for the mission of Jesus?
  4. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-20  .  Do you think you share the same mission as the apostles?  What are some ways we can accomplish this mission today?

Personal Commitment
Will you embrace your role as an apostle, a sent one?  Will you commit to His mission the power He has given you?

Luke 9:1-9  

1And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.