The Messiah’s Disciples – Matthew 10

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

February 17, 2008

The Messiah’s Disciples

Matthew 10

Introduction

What sort of person does it take to follow Jesus? What characteristics do you
need to have in order to accomplish great things for the cause of Christ? We
will find out this morning was we look at the men Jesus chose to be His closest
companions and the instructions He gave them for ministry.

Matthew 9:35 tells us that Jesus was going about in every city and village of
Galilee teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and
healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. We
saw that in detail a couple of weeks ago in studying Jesus’ miracles by which He
demonstrated His authority over disease, nature, demons, sin and death
(Matthew 8 & 9). Those miracles proved His deity and
backed up His message to "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand." 
(See:
The Messiah’s Miracles)

At the end of Matthew 9 we see the compassion of Jesus upon the multitudes
who were "distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd"
(vs 36). In Matthew 9:37 Jesus calls on his disciples to
also see the condition of the multitudes and their need telling them the
"harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few,"
and to "beseech the Lord
of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest."
He wanted them to also
have compassion and have a first response of prayer. In chapter 10 he calls them
to more direct involvement.


Calling the TwelveMatthew 10:1-4

The Calling

"And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every
kind of sickness. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first,
Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee
and John his brother; Philip and Bartholmew; Thomas and Matthew the
tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and
Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him."

The calling of these particular men by Jesus was not done haphazardly. Luke
6:12 records that in preparation for selecting this group of disciples that
Jesus "went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in
prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him; and chose
twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles."

The harvest is plentiful and Jesus needs more workers. He commissions these
twelve men as His co-workers in the harvest, and He gives them His authority to
carry out the work as His apostles. The word "apostle" specifically refers to
someone sent with the authority of the sender. That is how they differ from the
larger group of disciples from which they were called. A disciple is simply a
"learner," a "student." A disciple is someone who attaches himself to a teacher
in order to learn from and become like that teacher (Luke 6:40).
An apostle carries the authority to act in behalf of the one that sent him. It
is similar to the idea of an ambassador that represents one nation to another.
The ambassador himself has no authority, but he carries the authority of the
nation that sent him as its representative.

Notice in verse 1 that Jesus gives them authority over unclean spirits (i.e.
demons) that they might cast them out as well as authority to heal every kind of
disease and sickness. Jesus had the authority – the power and right – over these
things and He extends that authority to His apostles.

Who were these men that Jesus would entrust them to represent Him with such
authority? You might think they must have been extra-ordinary men of high
standing, integrity, will and courage. Jesus had spent all night praying about
the decision, so we would think He picked only the best. Yet, we find that these
men were ordinary people like you and me. In fact, they end up showing that they
often lacked faith, courage, commitment, power, spiritual understanding and
humility. Most churches might even pass them over as potential leaders. They
certainly would not pass the psychological profile used by some organizations to
determine who will or will not make it.

The fact that these were ordinary men is the very point I want to make this
morning. From 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 we know that God’s choice is "not many
wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; But God has chosen
the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak
things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of
the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He
might nullify the things that are, that no man should boast in His presence."

It is not the ability of the man or the woman, but the ability of God that makes
the difference. These same men are later described in Acts 17:6 as those who
"upset
(or turned upside down) the world."


The Twelve 
(See:
The Twelve Disciples)
.

Let me give you a brief description of these men and how the Lord changed
them into useful service. That should be an encouragement that God can also use
us.

Simon was a bold, brash, boastful and impatient fisherman. He often got
himself in trouble for speaking before thinking. He was a risk taker that knew
both its blessings and troubles. Simon boasted that he would never forsake
Jesus, yet a short time later fear gripped his heart so much that he was denying
Christ to even a servant girl. Yet the Lord turned such a man into humble Peter
the Apostle, a fisher of men. A man so bold he publicly confronted the Jewish
religious leaders with their guilt in crucifying Christ, and he was used to take
the gospel to the Gentiles and break down the wall between Jew and Gentile. The
change was due to the Holy Spirit and submission to the Lord.

Andrew was Simon Peter’s more reserved brother. He was inquisitive and
demonstrated a simple faith. He was characterized by humility, openness and lack
of prejudice. He is the model for all Christians who labor quietly in humble
places and positions.

James and John were brothers that were characterized early on as being
passionate, zealous, aggressive and somewhat vengeful. Jesus even gave them the
nickname of "boanerges," which means "sons of thunder." At times
they selfishly sought the positions of power and prominence. Jesus tempered and
trained James & John. James became the first martyr among the apostles while
John was the last to die, and the only one to die of natural causes. John’s
temper was changed so much that he became known as the beloved apostle. The Holy
Spirit can do the same in your life, but you have to yield your temperament to
Him.

Philip was a diligent student of the Old Testament. He had a practical,
analytical mind which is generally a virtue, but something that hindered him
from spiritual discernment at times. He was also somewhat reserved to do things
on his own. Philip’s faith increased over the years. Tradition tells us that
also became a martyr.

Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, was also a student of the Old Testament
and earnestly sought after God’s truth and the coming of Messiah. However,
Bartholomew was affected by prejudice and was pessimistic, but God can use a
pessimist who is not deceitful, hypocritical or phony.

Thomas was also pessimistic. We often call him "doubting Thomas" because he
said he would not believe the Lord was raised from the dead until he saw and
touched Him. Yet he also was unequaled in his commitment to Jesus and was ready
to die with Him if that was needed. Thomas totally believed in Jesus and wanted
to be with Him. His pessimism was over come by his commitment to seeking and
finding the truth. "Doubting" Thomas responded to Jesus, "My Lord and My
God."
Tradition holds that he took the gospel to India where the Mar Thoma
church in southwest India traces its origin to him.

Matthew, also called Levi, had been a tax collector and therefore considered
to be a traitor to his nation and worse than thieves and prostitutes. Jesus
changed him into the apostle whose primary ministry was to the Jewish nation.
Your past is no hindrance to what God can do with you!

James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus (also called Judas, son of James) and
Simon the Zealot join with the Old Testament saints of whom little is known here
on Earth but are well known in heaven (see Hebrews 11:36-39).
You may feel you are obscure and unimportant, but God can and will use you, if
you will let Him. God will use those who seek Him regardless of personal
characteristics or prominence.

The last apostle is Judas Iscariot. He was a covetous man controlled by self
desire. Judas is the greatest tragedy of humanity ever, for he lived with Jesus
for 3 years, yet still turned his back on Him. He serves as a warning. God was
still able to use him, but it was as a vessel of wrath instead of a vessel of
mercy (Romans 9:22,23). You don’t want to be like him.

The ability to serve God is not based on your abilities, but on God’s
ability. He can change you, equip you and empower to serve Him, but you have to
be willing to follow and yield yourself to the Holy Spirit just like the
Apostles did. They were ordinary men who accomplished extra-ordinary things
because they served the living God. What can God do through you? What will you
let Him do?


Instructions for Ministry Matthew 10:5-15

(See:
Instructions for Ministry)
.

Jesus gave specific instructions to the twelve before He sent them out. From
these instructions we gain some principles of ministry that apply to us, though
we must be careful not to apply the specific instructions to ourselves since
they were only for them at a particular point in time.

A Focused Ministry is the first principle. "These twelve Jesus sent
out after instructing them, "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not
enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house
of Israel"
(Matthew 10:5,6). No one can do everything
there is to do, and if there is no focus to your ministry, then it will be
doomed. Jesus started the apostles off with a focused ministry to the Jews. Some
of them would later have a ministry focused on Gentiles, but they would start
with God’s plan of to the Jew first, then the Gentile (Romans
1:16)
.


A Clear Message is the next principle. "And as you go, preach, saying,
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’"
(Matthew 10:7).
The gospel is not difficult, but it has become confused by those that mix it
with other things. It could be secondary issues such as tradition and liturgy.
It can also be with more serious issues such false teaching and heresy, or
psychology and philosophy, or principles from false religions and theological
error. It could also be the contrast between what we say and how we live. We
have the message of eternal life through faith in the person and work of the
Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross as the substitute payment for our sin.
Let us make sure that we keep the message clear.


A Life of Ministry is the next principle and it is found in Matthew 10:8,
"heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely
you received, freely give."
These same signs were part of the confirmation
that Jesus was the Messiah (cf. Mark 11:4,5) and they also
confirmed that the apostles were sent by Jesus (see 2 Corinthians
12:12)
. The specific instructions are to the Apostles only and not all
Christians. No believer today manifests these apostolic credentials.

While we cannot minister in the same miraculous manner as the Apostles did
then, we do need to follow the principle of living a life of ministry. Jesus
instructed them, "freely you received, freely give." All that you have,
your spiritual gifts, your natural talents, even the things you own, have come
because of God’s grace to you. You are not to be stingy in using what you have
to serve the Lord by serving others. You are to serve freely.

A Trusting Heart is the next principle. Jesus told them in Matthew
10:9, "Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a
bag for your journey, or even two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker
is worthy of his support."
This was part of their training to see that God
would meet their needs. They were not to take any money along – gold, silver or
copper. They were not to take extra clothes, shoes or even a staff, so no
suitcases. They were not even to take a bag or sack in which they would have
food for the journey. They would earn their living as they ministered.
This command was specific for the apostles on this training exercise, for later
Jesus would instruct them to take those very things (see Luke
22:25-26)
. At this time Jesus was teaching them to trust Him. We can also
trust Him to provide for our needs as we seek first His kingdom and
righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

A Concentration on Those Who Respond is the next principle. "And
into whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it; and abide
there until you go away. And as you enter the house, give it your greeting. And
if the house is worthy, let your greeting of peace come upon it"

(Matthew 10:11-13). The principle is that we need to
concentrate our efforts on those who respond to the message of the gospel for
they are the ones "worthy" of your greeting and peace. While we are to
"preach the gospel to all creation"
(Mark 16:15), we
cannot fulfill the Lord’s commission in Matthew 28:19 to make disciples if we do
not make those who respond to the message our priority. Related to this is the
next principle.

A Departure from Those Who Do Not Listen. "but if it is not worthy,
let your greeting of peace return to you. And whoever does not receive you, nor
heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of
your feet. Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
and Gomorrah in the day of judgement, than for that city"

(Matthew 10:14-15)
. We make diligent effort to win the lost, but when
they clearly reject the message, then we must come to understand that they are
the hogs and dogs the Lord was speaking about in Matthew 7:6. We are not to give
what is holy to them. We are not to cast our pearls before them. It is time to
move on and leave them in their condemned state. The gospel is too precious and
there are too many that have not heard to waste time on those that reject it.


Warnings Matthew 10:16-23

(See:
Sheep Among Wolves)
.

Jesus also gave His apostles clear warnings about the dangers and hardships
that awaited them. "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves;
therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves"

(Matthew 10:16)
. This is a very graphic description of the rejection that
they would receive at the hands of the world while at the same time describing
the nature of the relationship they were to have with Christ. They, like sheep,
would be dependent upon their shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. They would be in
danger from several types of wolves that would like to devour them. They would
have to think wisely which is described here as a serpent because they were
considered very crafty, smart, cunning and cautious animals. They would also
have to be as "innocent as doves" which speaks of being pure and true to
God’s word and His will. The two combined together give us the idea of being
wise with a sanctified common sense in saying the right thing at the right time
and place and discovering the best means to achieve the highest goal. This is a
characteristic that is to be developed by every Christian. Colossians 4:5 tells
us to, "Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of
the opportunity."

There were four types of wolves they would face. These include those in
religion, government, family and society.


Wolves in Religion (Matthew 10:17) "But beware
of men; for they will deliver you up to the courts, and scourge you in their
synagogues."
The courts spoken of here are the Jewish courts Someone accused
of breaking the Mosaic law or a rabbinic tradition would be brought before
judges at these courts who would then decide the case, determine the sentence
and deliver the punishment.

Throughout history religion has persecuted true Christianity. Judaism was the
major persecutor up until the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Then the pagan
religions took over and they continue to persecute in any area of the world
where they are strong (Africa). Other religions such as Hinduism (Nepal, India)
and Islam (Middle-East; Africa, Asia) continue to persecute in the present time.
Even religions that are supposedly "Christian" have persecuted believes. The
majority of the cases cited in Foxes Book Of Martyrs are those killed by
the Roman Catholic church during the counter reformation (1500’s). We are to
beware of the wolves in religions.


Wolves in Government (Matthew 10:18-20) "and you
shall even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to
them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not become anxious
about how or what you will speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what
you are to speak. for it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your
Father who speaks in you."

Persecution by the State comes because the world hates Christ. Dictatorial
States cannot tolerate Christians having a higher allegiance to Jesus than
themselves and so they hate Christ and his followers. In modern times atheistic
communism has murdered millions of Christians. Other governments strive to
please their people, and sinful people are usually offended by the righteous
lives of believers. The result is that they join in the persecution. We also
need to recognize that there are demonic influences in government.

While the promise here of being given the words to speak is specific to the
apostles, we find that the Holy Spirit in His graciousness continues to supply
believers with what to say when called upon to give testimony in the midst of
persecution.


Wolves in the Family (Matthew 10:21) "And
brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children
will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death."
The
strength of the hatred people have for God is demonstrated when they turn
against even those for which there should be natural bonds of love and
affection. This has occurred throughout history and will continue into the
future.


Wolves in Society (Matthew 10:22) "And you will
be hated by all on account of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the
end who will be saved."
This does not mean that every person will hate you,
but that all people in general will hate you. There are people from every race,
every class, every nationality that hate God and anyone that reflects Him.

This idea of enduring to the end is seen throughout the New Testament
(Matthew 24:13; Romans 3:14; Colossians 1:21-23; Hebrews 2:1-3;
3:14; 2 Peter 1:10)
. We call it the doctrine of the perseverance of the
saints. It is not that salvation comes by persevering, but that those that are
saved will persevere thus demonstrating their salvation. But since it is the
Good Shepherd that is with us in the midst of the wolves, then the outcome is
sure. Those that are His sheep will not be lost.

The Defense & Hope (Matthew 10:23) against these
wolves is simple. "But whenever they persecute you in this city, flee to the
next."
Just as we are not to purposely provoke animosity and ridicule, we
are not to stay in the midst of persecution if it is possible to leave.


Encouragement For Ministry Matthew 10:24-33

(See:

Confidence for Disciples
)
.

Jesus also encouraged the apostles so that they would have confidence to
carry out the ministries to which Jesus had sent them.

Confidence in the Purpose of Life is given in Matthew 10:24-25, "A
disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough
for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master.
"
A disciple learns from and takes on the qualities of his teacher
(Luke 6:4)
, so it is that the purpose of a Christian’s life is to become
like Jesus Christ (See Romans 8:29).

That also means that since they made false accusations against Jesus even
calling Him Beelzebul (a synonym for Satan), so they will falsely accuse His
disciples. But even so, they could also have Confidence in Being Used by the
Lord

Matthew 10:26,27, "Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing
covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. What I
tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in
your ear, proclaim upon the housetops."
The opposition would not overcome
them. They would proclaim all the things Jesus was teaching them.

That does not mean it would not be dangerous or frightening. When they did
face such things, they could have Confidence in the midst of Persecution
Matthew 10:28, "And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to
kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell."
While men may harm us physically or even kill us, they cannot harm
the soul. Not even Satan can do that. Therefore we need not fear them since we
live for a purpose beyond this life. The only one that has power over both the
body and the soul is God. He is the one who judges and condemns sinful men,
Satan and the fallen angels to Hell (Revelation 20:10-15),
therefore the unsaved should fear God. However, since there is no condemnation
to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), we can also
have Confidence in God’s Intimate Care for Us

Matthew 10:29.30 explains, "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet
not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very
hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more
value than many sparrows."
Sparrows were very common and could be purchased
for an asserion, about 1/16 of a common laborer’s daily wage. If God takes note
of such mundane things as sparrows and the number of hairs on your head, then we
can trust Him to care about the more important matters. We need not fear.

Christians can have Confidence When We Stand Before God – Matthew
10:32, "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also
confess him before My Father who is in heaven."
A true Christian willingly
affirms his beliefs about God and Jesus Christ even if others react negatively
toward him because of it. What we believe will be demonstrated by what we say
and do. Our confession of Christ assures us of His affirmation of us before the
Father.

However, the opposite is also true, and so Jesus warns in Matthew 10:33,
"But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who
is in heaven."
The grammar and context specifically indicates Jesus is
talking about false disciples who fear men more than God and deny Jesus in order
to gain favor with men, or even fail to profess Jesus in order not to incur the
disfavor of men. This is not talking about a singular incident, but someone who
is characterized by it.


A True Disciple’s Value of Christ Matthew 10:34-39 
(See:
Who is a Disciple?)
.

There are certain characteristics in those that are true disciples of Jesus
Christ. The first is that they value Jesus Christ more than anything else. This
will be practically tested by the division that Jesus brings.

True disciples value Christ more than family. Jesus said in Matthew
10:34-37 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not
come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her
mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who
loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or
daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me."

While family should naturally be the closest of human relationships, belief
in Jesus Christ can set family members against one another. That opposition
could be as mild as ridicule and escalate to estrangement and even martyrdom. I
remember a young Jewish woman whose parents held a funeral for her and would not
speak to her. When she would call them they would say, "we do not have a
daughter by that name anymore, she has died."
In Islamic families your life
may be threatened for conversion to Christ. Yet, for true disciples their love
for Jesus is greater than the threats and the losses, and so they are compelled
to confess Him to others. Those who continually fail to confess Jesus to their
family show a greater fear of man than God which is a hallmark of a false faith.
Jesus will not confess them before God the father.

True disciples value Jesus more than themselves. Jesus said in Matthew
10:38,39, "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not
worthy of Me. He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his
life for My sake shall find it."
The reference to taking a cross is not to a
symbolic piece of jewelry or some trial or hardship in life. It is a reference
to the instrument of execution used by the Romans. It refers to death. If you
are going to be a true disciple of Jesus you must be as Romans 12:1 puts it,
a living sacrifice
for Christ. Your life belongs to Jesus Christ and is no
longer your own. Those who do this find purpose in this life and eternal life in
Christ. Those who do not will find vanity in this life and eternal separation
from God in the life to come. Jim Elliot, the martyred missionary to the Auca
Indians in South America, said it so well in his diary, "He is no fool who
gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
You cannot keep
your life, and if you try, you will lose it. Or you can lose your life as a
living sacrifice for Christ and gain eternal life that cannot be lost.


Rewards Matthew 10:40-42

The final instruction Jesus gave them concerned rewards. "He who receives
you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 "He who
receives a prophet in [the] name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward;
and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive
a righteous man’s reward. 42 "And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one
of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he
shall not lose his reward."

To summarize, any service done to any of God’s people in Jesus’ name amounts
to service to Him and will be rewarded. We share in the reward of those we help,
and those who help us share in our reward. True disciples gain reward.

Conclusions

Many people claim to be Christians, but the proof is in the pudding. A person
who has truly put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness
of sin based on His substitutionary atonement on the cross will demonstrate the
hallmarks of a true disciple of Jesus Christ. They may fail at times in each of
these areas, but their lives will be generally marked by them, and when they do
fail, they will be repentant and striving to be like Christ. They will have
humility in becoming like the master. They will fear God more than man. They
will confess Jesus publicly. They will value Christ more than family and even
one’s own life. They will receiving a disciple’s blessings. Are you a disciple
of Jesus Christ? If not, you can be by being born again. Talk with me or one of
our church leaders today and let us show you how. 
(See: The Necessity of Spiritual Birth)


Sermon Notes – 2/17/2008 A.M.

The Messiah’s Disciples – Matthew 10

Introduction

Jesus was ________, proclaiming the gospel, and healing every kind of
disease and sickness (Matthew 9:35)

Jesus had __________ upon the multitudes (Matthew 9:36)

Jesus calls on his disciples to recognize the need and ________ (Matthew
9:37)


Calling the TwelveMatthew 10:1-4

After a night of prayer, Jesus called 12 men to be ________ out of a larger
group of _________ (Luke 6:12)

An apostle is someone sent with the __________ of the sender

A disciple is a "______" who attaches himself to a teacher in order to
_____ from & become like him / her

Jesus gives His Apostles the _________ to work the same kinds of miracles
as He did (Matthew 10:1)

Jesus chose ________ men who had ________ strengths and weaknesses
(1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

The Twelve

Simon was a bold, brash, _______, impatient and occasionally _______. He
became bold, ________ Peter

Andrew was inquisitive with a simple _____and characterized by _______,
openness and lack of prejudice

James & John were brothers characterized as being ________, zealous,
aggressive and somewhat vengeful

James became the first apostolic ________. John became the "_________
apostle"

Philip was a diligent student with a practical, analytical mind, but
lacking in _________ discernment

Bartholomew (Nathanael) was a ______seeker, but somewhat prejudice &
pessimistic, but not hypocritical

Thomas was ________________ but overcame that by commitment to ______ and
loyalty

Matthew (Levi) had been a tax collector (& therefore considered to be a
_________ to his nation)

Little is recorded on ______ about James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus
(Judas) and Simon Zealot

Judas Iscariot was ______and controlled by self desire. God used him as a
vessel of _______ (Romans 9:22)

God will accomplish extra-ordinary things using ___________ people who will
serve Him.


Instructions for Ministry Matthew 10:5-15

A ___________ Ministry (10:5,6) No one can do
_________ there is to do. Narrow your focus

A _________ Message (10:7) – Don’t ________ the
gospel with secondary issues, error or heresy

A Life of _________(10:8) – All that you are and have
is from God, ___________ with others.

A _____________ Heart (10:9) – Learn to _______ God
to _________ for your needs (Matthew 6:33)

A Concentration on Those Who __________ (10:11-13)
We are to make ___________ (Matthew 28:18-20)

A __________ from Those Who Do Not Listen (10:14-15)
– Move on when they clearly ______the gospel


Warnings Matthew 10:16-23

Wolves in ________ (10:17) – False religions, cults &
false Christianity have always __________ believers

Wolves in _________ (10:18-20) – Governments
___________ those having a higher allegiance to Jesus

Wolves in the _________ (10:21) – Strong
_______for God can cause family members to turn on believers

Wolves in Society (10:22) – _________ for
Christians occurs in every race, class and nationality

Perseverance does not save, but those who are saved will ___________

The Defense & Hope (10:23) – We are not to ______ in
the midst of persecution if it is possible to ______


Encouragement For Ministry Matthew 10:24-33

Confidence in the ________of Life (10:24-25) – The
purpose of a Christian’s life is to become like ______

Confidence in Being ______by the Lord (10:26,27)
Our Lord’s message will be _____despite opposition

Confidence in the Midst of ____________(10:28)
Neither men nor Satan can harm our _________

Confidence in God’s Intimate _______for Us (10:29,30)
– God ______for you more than mundane things

Confidence When We __________God (10:32,33) – What we
believe we demonstrate by ______& ______


A True Disciple’s Value of Christ Matthew 10:34-39

More than _________(10:34-37) – Opposition may range
from ________ to estrangement to __________

Love for Jesus is ________than the threats & danger. Continued failure to
confess shows a _____faith

More than _________ (10:38,39) – The cross refers to
______- becoming a living ________(Romans 12:1)

Rewards (10:40-42) – _______done to God’s people in
Jesus’ name is service to Him & will be _________


Conclusions – The claim to be a follower of Jesus is proved by
____________

    Christians are not perfect, but they do __________ and
strive to be like Jesus Christ

KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives.
Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about
something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at
lunch. Older Children Do one or more of the following: 1)
Write down all the verses mentioned in the sermon and look them up later. 2)
Count how many times "Jesus" or "Christ" are used in the sermon. Talk with your
parents about what it means to be a disciple – a follower of Christ.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What
characteristics do you need to have in order to accomplish great things for the
cause of Christ? What ministries had Jesus been doing prior to choosing the 12
apostles. Jesus had compassion for the multitudes – how did he develop that
compassion in His disciples and prod them to respond to the needs? What is the
difference between a disciple and an apostle? Why are there no apostles living
in our time? What kind of men were the Apostles? Which of the 12 apostles are
you most like? Why? How can God use you in His service? Why did Jesus choose
Judas Iscariot and why is he a warning? How can you distinguish whether an
instruction or promise is specific to the apostles or is true for us as well?
Six principles arise from Jesus’ instructions to the Apostles in Matthew
10:5-15. Describe the meaning and application of each of them: A Focused
Ministry; A Clear Message; A Life of Ministry; A Trusting Heart; A Concentration
on Those Who Respond; and A Departure from Those Who Do Not Listen. Jesus gave
four warnings in Matthew 10:16-23. Describe each of them and how you might apply
them in your own life: Wolves in Religion; Wolves in Government; Wolves in the
Family; and Wolves in Society. What is your defense and hope against them? Which
is the most present danger to you? Jesus encouraged the Apostles in Matthew
10:24-33 to have confidence as they went out to minister. What is the purpose of
the Christian’s life and what confidence can there be that it will be fulfilled?
How can you be confident even when being persecuted? How do you know that God
cares for you? How do you know that Jesus will confess you before the Father? A
true disciple of Christ must value Jesus more than family or even their own
life. How is that demonstrated in your own family? In your own life? What does
it mean to be a living sacrifice? What rewards are promised to the believer? How
do you prove you are a Christian?


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