07042010 JUMC “Leave the Dust as Evidence” Lk 10.1-11

NRSV Luke10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11″Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’

Text: Example of being Sent on a mission
Sent in pairs
Just as the animals entered the ark with Noah
Sent as lambs
Just as passover lamb was given up among Pharoah
Sent to witness
The role of the 70. (more than the 12 disciples)
35 couples.. sent on a mission.. they need instructions

Text: Instructions are simple
Go
Get up Butts County
An active call, not just mental maturity
Remain
Go to where the people are and stay on their terms
Be Present – Chaplin at GRC Skilled Nursing 2. Be Present, period.
Funeral Home, Hospital, Family Crisis, Relational Failures.. be the rock.
Leave
When the welcome fades, leave.
Couples follow simple rules: John Wesley’s 3 Simple Rules
Do No Harm
Do All the Good You Can
Stay in Love with God

We are Sent, with simple Rules… but some still want to know why, why now?

Text: Motivation and Purpose
Urgency to act NOW
Praise God for when we see a need and respond with radical hospitality.
What of those who look to us that we are indifferent or ignore or don’t see?
Pronounce Peace in the House, Eat and Heal
Good News.. We are sent to eat with each other. Methodist have that part.
Story of Buttermilk, Cornbread and Stewed Tomatoes.
Blessed are the Peacemakers.. not simple pacifists, but make ready the road
Purpose is to make room for Christ to work.
Definition of Sarcasm: root is to tear one’s flesh
Definition of Wisdom: Listen, and speak truth with persistence
Be the kingdom, present, and Leave evidence of the kingdom.
The heart of the matter: You and I are the ambassadors.
Presidential support. Granting Ambassadorships
Being the person God has created us to be for a given moment.
I’m not perfect, but God can perfectly use my sin & faith for others
So What: You are i are sent today. (2) our instructions are simple (3) the world hangs in the balance and you and I will make all the difference, so leave evidence of the kingdom, even if it is only dust.. leave something of Jesus Christ with everyone.
“I am a Witness of God’s kingdon and Jesus is counting on M

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