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Captioned 7-26-2009 Sermon, Zion Ev. Lutheran, Torrance, CA

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TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Let us rise for the reading of this morning's sermon text recorded for us in Mark's Gospel where we read from Chapter 6, beginning with verse 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: "TAKE NOTHING FOR THE JOURNEY EXCEPT A STAFF -- NO BREAD, NO BAG, NO MONEY IN YOUR BELTS. WEAR SANDALS BUT NOT AN EXTRA TUNIC. WHENEVER YOU ENTER A HOUSE, STAY THERE UNTIL YOU LEAVE THAT TOWN. AND IF ANY PLACE WILL NOT WELCOME YOU OR LISTEN TO YOU, SHAKE THE DUST OFF YOUR FEET WHEN YOU LEAVE, AS A TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM." They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. (NIV) This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. Pastor Dave motions for the congregation to be seated. Dear followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It must have been an exciting day for the disciples when Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'I have something for you to do. I have work that I want you to do. I'm going to take the twelve of you and divide it up into six teams and you are going to go out with My power and with My authority, and you are going to preach the Kingdom of God and preach repentance. How exciting it must have been for those disciples ... to know that the Lord had entrusted to them His strength and His power, the ability to use that power of God to drive out demons, to heal the sick. That the disciples who had witnessed their own Friend and Teacher, their Lord and Savior doing that amazing powerful almighty work of God ... that they themselves were going to go out and do the same thing. That God had bestowed on them that power. That right and that privilege as His disciples to be the ones who would carry His message to the world. That ... same ... call has come to us as the children of God. And it comes to us also to go and preach the message that has been given to us to take the blessings of our faith those blessings of our faith that we need a reminder of them, all we have to look at is what Paul told the church in Ephesus. How God has lavished on us His blessings. That we have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. Not one is missing. That God, even before creation, knew us knew our name, declared us to be holy and to be His own. The amazing and astounding love of God. That He came into our lives ... and brought us to faith. Faith in the work of Jesus Christ, His One and Only Son, who died on the cross of Calvary ... for our sins. Who rose so that we would see eternal life; that we would believe that we would have the seal of our faith the Holy Spirit's given to us that works in us, and that works through us as we go out and proclaim that message of Jesus Christ to the world. What blessings are ours to share with the world ... to show them the wonders of God's love. To be as lavish with them as God has been with us. But our sinful nature wants us to be stingy. Our sinful nature wants us to be selfish. We're much more comfortable holding onto those blessings and not wanting to give them to anyone else. They make all kinds of excuses why those other people out there, won't want them. Or won't want to hear them. Or don't want to see the need. How ridiculous is that thought! Because if we treasure those things so much, if we are happy that our sins are forgiven, if we are confident in our eternal security in Christ Jesus ... why NOT SHARE THAT with others ... with people who do not have it? There's people who also need it and want it and are looking for something so desperately in their lives. The disciples went out with the power of God. And they didn't go ... well, I don't think I could heal that person 'cause I don't like the way they look. I don't think that person really deserves to have this because they're not gonna treat it well. But maybe I'll heal them and will never see 'em again. It's not what the disciples did. They went out and proclaimed ... Christ. And they used God's power to come into people's lives and to affect change. That same change that has taken us from the enemies of God to being the children of God! The children of God who have been entrusted with that message. It is MY responsibility and YOUR responsibility, as the children of God, to continue to proclaim that message. To go and preach ... to preach it to your wives, to teach it to your children, to tell it to your grandchildren. To proclaim it to your neighborhood, and in your work places and in everything you do so that when people look at you they say there IS a Christian! There IS a child of God. And they're gonna ask you why you're different. They're gonna ask you about what you do. They're gonna ask you about how you changed and THERE is a wonderful open door for you to step in and say, by the power and the love of God, I have been saved. Because they will want to know what makes you special and what makes us special IS the love of God. His forgiveness in our lives. And it's not always easy work. It might be terrifying work. I'm sure the disciples were excited to go out and proclaim ... that THEY had SEEN the Messiah! But do you remember what Jesus said they could take with them? He said to take a staff ... ... a staff ... help them walk ... maybe defend them against some animals, or some people who didn't want their best interests at heart. So they wore sandals, but not an extra shirt, no money ... no food ... ... and they went. ....... Those disciples ..... went! And they relied on the kindness of strangers to open their homes to them. To live with them, to work with them, To continue to share God's Word with them. .... What are the things that stand in the way of our going? And far too often you think, well, I can't do that. I could never knock on someone's door. I could never call someone up out of the blue. I could never hand out flyers. I could never talk about what Jesus has done for me. That's just not my thing. I do other things. Jesus said, "GO"! You have a staff ... and some sandals. And the people are going to support you! The people of God are going to help you. And maybe there's another reminder for us as God's children to pull together to do the work. To live together and work together to support the spread of the Gospel that we do here at Zion. To support the spread of the Gospel that we do as a synod. Whether it be in home missions or world missions and we all know how desperately we are in need of supporting that work. (Pause) ----- We don't send people out anymore with a staff and a pair of sandals. But we send them out prepared to proclaim the Gospel. Prepared to preach with the tools that they need to do that work. How important it is for us to realize that we have all of those resources at our fingertips to tell someone else about Christ. Because the Word of God has come to us. The Word of God has come to us and we know its truth, we proclaim its truth, we live that truth because it IS what makes us the children of God. And we just need to get over the fears that we have. Find the things that we CAN do that we're good at. We can all pray. First of all, if all of us with earnestness prayed that God would allow the Gospel to continue to be proclaimed from His children - THINK OF THAT POWER! That God would be active in all of our lives so that we could all show our faith. That we would pray for our teachers and our schools that they would continue to proclaim Christ's love to the children that are brought here. And that we can bring more children ... That we can bring children to VBS. It requires very little on our part. The word "GO" We could GO and preach what God has done. And we all want to do that. That is our joy. Sometimes we just have to have the Holy Spirit be the motivator in our lives and stop pushing all of our own stop buttons. Because we're the ones keeping us from doing that. We, as individuals, are the ones who are stopping ourselves from going. And God forgives us for that. We take that to Him and we leave that there and we get up with the assurance that our sins are forgiven. That God STILL loves us. And God still calls us. God still says to us: "GO". May each of us hear that call and answer: "Yes, I will go." Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

Video Details

Duration: 13 minutes and 52 seconds
Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R&M
Director: Jesus
Views: 90
Posted by: hischild on Aug 1, 2009

In this closed-captioned sermon, Pastor Dave points out God's saving Word creates and preserves faith so that we, His followers, STILL have the privilege today of spreading His Good News.

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