Disciple-making is the process
of intentionally entering into relationships
to help people follow Jesus, be transformed byJesus,
and join Jesus in His mission.
Scripture reading: Luke 9:1-9, ESV
· Descriptive: …what happened.
· Prescriptive: …how something willcontinue to happen.
Example: Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6, concerning speaking in “tongues” as the sign ofSpirit-fullness is descriptive.
Galatians 5:22-24 is now the prescriptiveevidence of Spirit-fullness and will continue to be so till Christ returns.
As we read TheBible we must ask if a text is describing what happened or is it prescribingthe way something is to be done? Today’s text is descriptive.
The Herod ofthis passage is Antipas, son of Herod The Great, ruler over the Galilee regionwhen Jesus was born.
· He ruled from Jesus’childhood till after He ascended to Heaven.
· He imprisonedand executed John the Baptist.
· He was theruler Pilate sent Jesus to before condemning Him to death.
The Purpose of Discipleship
InterpretingScripture correctly requires that we examined it in light of its context. Sometimesthe immediate context is not enough to see the full picture and we must look atit from the perspective of the entire book it is found in. Such is the casewith today’s passage. Doing this with today’s passage unveils something veryimportant as it relates to being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Truth Point #1: The purpose ofdiscipleship is to transform a believer in the likeness of Christ Jesus so theycan join Jesus in His mission of makingdisciples.
Looking at thebroader context we find that everything Jesus does in His ministry is designed toget the disciples to the place where they become active primary participants in His mission. Matthew28:18-20
Luke 9:1-9 recordsof the initial “test run” of the SENDING of the disciples into themission field of lost, oppressed, blind, poorhumanity.
Reliance on Christ; all thingsSpiritual
Sending Hisdisciples out to minister was not a signal that they had arrived but was partof the discipleship process to prepare them for what was yet to come.
Part of theirpreparation was to learn to rely on Jesus for all things spiritual. They needed two spiritualresources to engage the mission… “power” and“authority.”
Why did thedisciples need Divine power and authority?
Truth Point #2: Ephesians 6:12; “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlyplaces.
The disciples needto discover that Jesus is faithful… when the power and authority were needed,it would flow from Him through them.
Reliance on Christ; all thingsPhysical
Spiritual resources were half of theequation. The disciples need to learn to rely on Jesus for their physicalresources as well.
To accomplish this Jesus charged thedisciples to travel light. Basically the clothes on their back and shoes ontheir feet. Everything else they would receive, as needed, from those theyministered to.
To be clear, this passage is not telling usit is wrong to plan ahead, or to ensure that you have what you need before youengage a project. Luke records that on a subsequent ministry tour Jesusinstructed them to make provisions in advance. Luke 22:36
We cannot say that “ministry austerity” isthe will of God for His people when they serve Him. What we can say is this...
Truth Point #3: It is too easy to become over-focused onwhat we think we need, chasing fleshly provisions rather than spiritual outcomes.
Much Kingdom work gets left in the startingblocks because God’s children are too busy gathering provisions to comfortthemselves, instead of engaging the mission.
Jesus said …do not be anxious, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘what shall we drink?’or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles (pagans) seek after allthese things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first thekingdom of God and His righteousness andall these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33
dealing with unresponsiverejectors
To not receive the disciples as they proclaimedthe Good-News of The Kingdom was tantamount to rejecting their message, whichin turn is to reject Jesus. Luke 9:5;Matthew 10:15
The idea of “shaking the dustfrom your feet” was atradition the Jews knew well.
When a Jew returned from traveling in a Gentile country,he would shake the dirt of that land off his clothes and sandals as a symbolicgesture of shaking off the pagan influences that could contaminate the Jews andtheir land.
Jesus is teaching the disciples to considerthose rejecting the message of The Kingdom as pagan, unclean Gentiles.
Truth Point #4: Take time with those questioning. Help themfind the answers they seek. Be patient. But, when someone rejects thegospel, move on.There are other lost souls who need to hear the Gospel and be given anopportunity to receive it.
Wrap Up 4 things from this passage
1. Joining Jesus in His Mission is the natural outgrowth of discipleship.
2. Our enemy is not flesh and blood. Therefore, we need to be equipped with the full armor of God.
3. Jesus promised to provide all that we need as we seek His kingdom andrighteousness first.
4. Be patient in your witness to the lost. But don’t try todo the work reserved for the HolySpirit.
MacArthur New Testament Commentary, The Gospel of Luke.
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