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May 7, 2021 7:05 am
Today on Insight for living from Chuck Swindoll were all on all will until the spirit of God empowers us the calling giftedness and then over time shape but the one who would be the worker in the harbors. Most of us don't view ourselves as ministers of the gospel preaching shepherding a flock evangelizing those assignments belong to professionals. Or so it seems I get a study in Matthew chapters 9 and 10 clearly reinforces that all of us have a role in spreading the good news of the gospel today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll will help us draw the correlation between an unsophisticated collection of first century disciples in our current day invitation to follow Jesus, just as they did check title.
Today's message listen well think right talk straight traveled like we worship Christ because there is no other worthy of our worship. This message is timeless and his death is effective for all. The oldest thing in this building is the cross that hangs high behind me. I like it that it is uncluttered.
There is no seal or varnish no visible nails holding it. Only tiny cables that allow it to be hung high. It is a symbol that represents a true that Christians base their lives on.
It was on the cross, Jesus died for the sins of the world. That includes you. He died for you he died because even if you died for yourself.
It wouldn't pay for your sins and send requires a payment and when he died he died as our substitute. He died in our place, that he might give each one of us forgiveness and the gift of eternal life meaning a home in heaven with God. The only way you will know such a destiny is through placing your faith and trust in the one who died for you he died upon the cross of wood even though he made the hill on which it stood is our Savior, our sovereign Lord. He is our master, and you will never have peace, you will never be free of this inner restlessness until you find your peace and rest in Jesus Christ. As we all bow for prayer.
This is the perfect occasion for you to place your faith and trust in the one who died for you. He prayed at all all him.
We also send left a crimson stain, he washed white as snow.
In these days, our father, we have a visible reminder of how pure and clean.
You have washed us from sin, your son did not pay most of our sins are almost all the cost he paid it all and all to him. Therefore, we owe thank you.
Today our father for sending him for us for giving him the mission of paying the price that had to be paid find us eternally grateful for him as we bow before you to. You were reconciled. You are not reconciled to us to you. We give our all, including today, our offerings gratefully, joyously and generously because of Jesus paid everyone's study the book of Matthew Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures by going to Insight world.org/studies another message from Chuck titled listen well think right talk straight traveled light the words for this message are not just haphazardly chosen. They are precisely the marching orders of the disciples I always find it interesting when they come out of the shadows and their suddenly in the spotlight of the writer's attention that happens in the passage were looking at today begins with Jesus engaged in his ministry. He's working with the public. If you will and you read in verse 35 is traveling through all the towns in the villages. This would be up around Capernaum in the Galilean region around the Sea of Galilee.
And he is teaching in the synagogue, they heard him teach. He is announcing the good news about the kingdom they listen to the announcement healed every kind of disease and illness. They slide all.
Often their observations were with mouths wide open. Some of them. It took seeing it again and again to believe it, even to the end when he said I'm going to leave you but I'm going to I'm going to take care of you that they were in a quandary. They were confused. Often they were more confused than they were clear in their thinking, just ordinary men. Robert Coleman has written an outstanding book titled the master plan of evangelism.
In it he writes about the disciples. Jesus expected the man he was with to obey him. They were not required to be smart, but they had to be loyal. This became the distinguishing mark by which they were known. The simplicity of this approach is marvelous, if not astounding. None of the disciples were asked at first to make a statement of faith or accept a well-defined creed, although they doubtless recognize Jesus to be the Messiah for the moment. All they were asked to do was to follow Jesus doing that as he traveled.
They traveled with him as he rested.
They rested beside as he ate the gate with him often as he healed.
They stood and stared something happens in this narrative, but I find very interesting. I want you to think clearly.
Now, as we read these next words when he saw the crowds that he is Jesus look at what he felt he felt compassion on them before going further, Matthew uses the word that is colorful, maybe a little indelicate. The word literally means entrails bowels. I told you was a little delicate. We call it generally got here this deep feeling for the crowds. Why look at what it says because they were confused and helpless. The word means harassed distress and the other word means burdened even on occasion, down and out. You know what I think. I think he saw people who had been taught only by Pharisees and religious officials who learn from Pharisees. They were under the load of shame and guilt because the demands you must do this you must not do that.
The judge mentalism of those in authority. They were beaten down, they were burdened. They were like sheep without a merciful, loving, gracious ship. They were lost now. Keep reading.
He said here they are stepping out of the shadows.
He said to the disciples. Isn't that interesting. He doesn't speak to the general public until those people who have an interest in others what he has on his heart. He looks at the 12 man men. The harvest is great. The workers are few.
That's the statement that every church could give them.
These are enormous.
Their overwhelming the numbers of people who are harassed and beaten those who were lost far outnumber those who received man. The harvest is great but the workers are you and then he gives them a command. Praying. Look at who was in charge prayed to the Lord of the harvest, that he would send more workers into his harvest field, the Lord our God is the Lord our God over this whole world he made it. He is not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to repentance.
Recess two is 12.
You see how great the harvest is UCF you the workers are praying, pray the there would be more who would work in his harvest field, the very ones he asked to pray he wound up sending and that often the way it is.
Jesus called his 12 disciples together. Notice what he did he enable them for that particular era to be one of his workmen. He gave them authority to cast out evil spirits. He gave them authority to heal every kind of disease he gave them authority over the illnesses.
Here are the names of the 12 now I know I know since recent past. Since this occurred and we've had enough time to put them all in plaster Paris or stone and given the name St. St. Andrew St. Matthew St. Peter, all the saints and anywhere in our minds that they were halos and and they were long white robes and they stand about five or 6 feet taller than anyone else in the statutes originally please. There were none of the above. They were just ordinary man forced herself to believe that Matthew Simon Simons always listed first and then Andrew Peter's brother.
Then James and his brother John, ordinary guys. These guys are fishermen work for the father is 70 Philip and Bart Bartholomew and Thomas and Matthew the tax collector James that is.
And then Simon finally Judas when they felt when he send them to send you back to give him specific instructions verse five Jesus sent out the 12 some time ago I was sent a very interesting and cleverly written fictional letter written to Jesus from the Jordan management consultants is addressed to Jesus. Would crafters carpenter shop Nazareth Galilee 25922 dear Sir, thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have not taken our battery of tests we have not only run the results through our computer. We've also arrange personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
The profiles of all tests are included and you will want to study each of them carefully as a part of our service.
We make some general comments for your guidance, much as an auditor will include some general statement. This is given as a result of staff consultation and comes without any additional fee.
If the staff's opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability, Simon Peter, for example, is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty Thomas demonstrates her questioning attitude that would tend to undermine moral or morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau James the son of Alpheus and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings that they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale. One of the candidates. However, shows great potential. He's a man of ability and resourcefulness meets people well has a keen business minded has contacts in high places. He's highly motivated and ambitious.
We recommend Judas Iscariot is your controller and right-hand man. All the other profiles are self-explanatory. We wish you every success in your new venture. Sincerely yours, Jordan management consultant.
You and I would've written the same kind of letter back in the first century particular time to listen to an imaginary fictional piece because I want you to have hope.
I want you to be incurred. You don't need a halo to work in his harvest.
You don't need to look Pius, to be one of his workmen women. You don't need to have that supernatural look about you as though you have never known fault or failure you with all of your nature, raw and real or just as qualified as anyone of them.
The difference is a number of centuries of practice between he chose those individuals in today's world, and I think there are many who hold back from being one of the workers in the harvest because so many are overwhelmed with her own unworthiness. My friends, my dear friends were all unworthy were all unqualified were all inadequate until the spirit of God empowers us with a calling giftedness and then over time begins to shape us into one who would be a worker in the harvest and talking to you and I'm talking to me.
He still is asking us to pray because the harvest is robust and the workers are so few so let's look at how we instructed them Jesus sent out the 12 with these instructions because it had to think very clearly.
Don't let your mind wander now because some have taken the words that follow literally and have attempted to carry out these things. While these things were never written to them or to you or me.
They are written and spoken to apostles when you notice the change from disciple to apostle in the first two. Here are the names of the 12 apostles alone.
Apostles who was an apostle, among other things, there are those who have seen the risen Christ you haven't and I haven't there those who have been invested with miraculous sign gifts they were. We are not there. Apostles, we are not nor are there apostles today. In those days in the beginning of the ministry in an era when these things were essential for the foundational work in the harvest.
These apostles were set apart. They were chosen by the Lord or the Holy Spirit. They founded churches in the miraculous acts that they performed often educated their authority is for them understand what all the Bible is certainly to be read and revered and studied, but not all the verses of the Bible or for you or me. We must read with discernment when we come to an apostolic instruction or description. We need to realize in the context it's for them. Usually what I mean. Verse five. Don't go to the Gentiles are the Samaritans that sound like great commission today. The great commission.
I read in Matthew 28 the other day going all the world and preach the gospel to the lowest part of the earth. Acts 18 tells us we are to go Gentiles Samaritans Europeans, American those of the islands of the sea, all over. They were they were to go only to the Jews you're listening to the Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll. This is insight for living.
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