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Posted: October 26, 2015 in TLCC
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Deja Vu.

That feeling that as I read through the book of Luke, particularly Chapter 10, I find myself thinking that I’ve read this portion of Scriptures already. Recently. So I scan through previous studies and then there it was…Luke 9. Jesus instructed the twelve as well as gave instructions to the seventy.Here are some similarities…

Both the twelve and the seventy were followers of Jesus

They were sent to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:1; Luke 10:1,9)

They were sent to cast out demons and to cure diseases (Luke 9:1; Luke 10:9,17)

They were to rely on God totally for provisions, no moneybags, knapsacks, sandals or any provisions (Luke 9:3; Luke 10:4)

They were to enter a house (or town) and eat what is set before them (Luke 9:4; Luke 10:8)

If the town doesn’t receive them, they are to shake off the dust (Luke 9:5; Luke 10:10-11)

We can review the lesson (by clicking this)

But tonight, we also would be looking at the lessons we can glean on Luke 10…

#1 Prayer.

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2)

We ought to pray for the laborers. We ought to be concerned that there are only few pastors, teachers, small group leaders. Instead of criticizing, instead of making things harder for each of those who are in the field, pray for them.

We should not be looking at other churches and wonder why their churches are full, instead we should pray that the Lord bless the work of these laborers, co-laborers in the field.

How many of us constantly pray for our pastors and teachers? Practical application…write down their names and pray for them daily.

#2 Expect Persecution (Trouble).

Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. (Luke 10:3)

Our enemies are wolves. They are going to tear us up. The only sure way to know about our effectivity in this life is if we do nothing. That way we know our score. Zero.

We are being sent out as lambs. Patient. Peacable. Show Christ likeness despite the fact that there is trouble up ahead.

We can’t remain in animosity with one another because we already have trouble ahead of us. We should instead extend patience with one another. If there are any issues among us, we ought to settle it immediately.

#3 Find the son of Peace

Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’

And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.

And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. (Luke 10:5-7)

Whenever we go to an area, we look for the son of peace. Who is the son of peace?

According to Garvic Garcia (a trainer in Haggai institute), a man of peace is…

1. Receptive to Christ
2. a person of reputation (good or bad) – they are known by the community
3.  a referencer – they have influence and can refer others to Christ boldly

We ought to look for people who are going to listen to us. We need to build up relationships with these people. Focus on them. Share the gospel to them, and spend time with them.

When we can make a difference, we must act and we must lead.

We must understand that the commands to the twelve, the commands to the seventy and the commands to us is the same. We are to go and make disciples.

So let’s stop making excuses because the harvest is indeed plenty!

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