The flow is simple… Jesus announces his mission (Luke 4:18-21) and then sets about demonstrating this by preaching the kingdom of God, healing the sick and driving out evil. He calls followers and then bestows incredible purpose on them by granting them the same power and authority to minister like he did.
This Wednesday night Brittany’s life group is opening the doors to anyone who wants to come and watch a movie called Father of Lights. It is the third in a trilogy of films that documents God’s grace and power around the world today. In the film you will meet people ministering in the same power and authority that Jesus commissioned his disciples with in Luke 9. That is power and authority to preach the kingdom of God, heal the sick and drive out evil. Expect to see people trapped in darkness set free!
It ties in perfectly with our current series on ministering like Jesus. Through compassion, proclamation and power the kingdom of God advances in a broken world. Sometimes it seems like doing the ministry of Jesus (and the early church) is for people in a far off land. Hopefully what Father of Lights inspires us with is seeing people like you and I praying for the sick, telling people about the love of God and reaching out to the least and lost in our midst.
This Sunday we will look at that passage in Luke 9 and discover what authority and power we have been given. You may be surprised!
ps. if you want to come along on Wednesday night email Tim – firstname.lastname@example.org
From time to time (not regularly enough) I like to go and have lunch at the local Manly Salvation Army with other members of the Manly community. It is a free feed, and attracts a diverse bunch of people in need of some care. This morning they had this fantastic message on a board as people entered the hall.
At church we have been looking at how Jesus ministered to people. Matthew 9 provides a summary of what he did; “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Full of compassion, preaching the truth and demonstrating the power of God to heal and restore. Jesus helped people.
In fact if you look at the proceeding chapters of Matthew’s gospel, that is the ministry of Jesus – healing the blind, raising the dead, forgiving people’s sins, calling the unrighteous to follow him, curing chronic disease, demonstrating power over nature, teaching people about the kingdom of God. To sum it up – Jesus helped people.
So when we come to the next verse in Matthew 9 it shouldn’t be rocket science as to what we are called to do as his followers; “Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into this harvest field.” In other words, for God’s sake, go help somebody!
Jesus responded to need. So should we. We view people as created in the image of God, destined not for destruction, but for rescue, redemption and restoration. We can do that in simple ways through our compassion, through sharing the good news of grace and by praying for the power of God to heal and restore. For God’s sake, let me encourage you… go help somebody. Just like the Salvos…
Last week at church we looked at how Jesus, the early church and the Apostle Paul ministered. The key verses was Romans 15:17-20 where Paul talks about leading people to Christ through what he has said and done, and in the power of the Spirit. It is this combination of compassion, preaching and signs and wonders that has a tremendous impact on growing the kingdom. I have a huge passion that we as a church should learn to minister like this.
Again this week we will be looking at how Jesus ministered. The key verse will be Matthew 9:35-37; “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
We hear several times in the Gospels that Jesus is moved by compassion. This is always in response to encountering need, whether it be physical, spiritual or material need. The difference between how we often minister to how Jesus ministers is that he does it with the resources and ways of God. Out of compassion he brings the good news of the kingdom through teaching, preaching and signs and wonders.
Of course the next verse in Matthew 9 is about the harvest field being plentiful and the workers being few. My sense from this passage is that Jesus is saying that if only we learn to minister like this and be available to be used by God, then we will have amazing opportunities to see people impacted by the kingdom.
How often do we see someone in need and put off ministering to them?
How often do we sense God speaking to us about helping someone and we ignore the call?
How often when faced with need do we try and use our own power and strength rather than God’s to help?
See you on Sunday – we will have plenty of space for ministry at the end of the service. Feel encouraged to minister with compassion, truth and power!
We are about to start a new series at Manly Life on ministering like Jesus. For many of us, the idea of knowing about Jesus is fine, but actually doing the things he did can seem like a step too far. For that reason we will be looking at the simple ways he ministered life to people, and how we can do that too. For us, 3 things will underpin that and they can be found in how the Apostle Paul ministered like Jesus.
He says in Romans 15:18-19 – “For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God.”
Simply put, Jesus ministered with compassion through his deeds. He ministered authoritatively through his words, and he ministered powerfully with signs and wonders by the Spirit.
A quick example – the woman at the well who Jesus ministered to in John 4. He takes compassion on a woman who is otherwise an outcast by ministering with a word of knowledge (something he could not have known about her except through God’s revelation) and points her towards himself as the messiah. There it is – compassion, words and power. The result is a changed life!
I think we can all take small or big steps in this direction with our lives. With the end result of seeing transformation in mind, this is a worthy thing to commit our time to! See you on Sunday…