Sermon, “The Lord of the Harvest”
Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-16
I. Disciple-Making Priority
- Jesus begins his ministry (Luke 4)
- Jesus calls his disciples (Luke 5)
- Jesus pours his life into ministry and his disciples (Luke 6-8)
- Jesus sends out his disciples who pour themselves into ministry and disciples (Luke 9-10)
To be a disciple means making disciples who make disciples.
II. Disciple-Making Pattern
We have Something to Say and Something to Show (Word & Deed)
- “…and he sent them out to proclaim (word) the kingdom of God and to heal (deed)” (Luke 9:2)
- “And they departed and went through the villages, preaching (word) the gospel and healing (deed) everywhere.” (Luke 9:6)
We Declare the Kingdom of God with Words & Display the Kingdom of God with Deeds.
- This same pattern is expressed throughout Acts in the local gatherings of the saints. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (word) and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs (deed) were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:42-45)
III. Disciple-Making Partnership
Disciple Making is a Community Calling
- “Jesus called the twelve together” (9:1)
- “The Lord appointed seventy two” and sent them out “two by two.” (10:1)
Benefits of Disciple Making in Community
Illustration: Cornerstone Ministry Model – Elders and Deacons, HFG, Shepherding & Ministry Teams
Guidelines for Choosing a Disciple Making Partner
- Complementary (Gifting)
- Maturity (Trust & Commitment)
- Personality (Relationship)
IV. Disciple-Making Power
The Power Jesus Has (Luke 8)
- Calmed the Storm – Power over Nature (Disaster)
- Healed Jarius Daughter – Power over Flesh (Disease)
- Geresenes Demoniac – Power over Spirit (Demons)
The Power Jesus Gives (Luke 9-10)
- “…gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1)
Being disciples is a matter of living in the power that Jesus gives.
Making disciples is a matter of giving away the power that Jesus gives.
Distinguishing the Power of the Flesh from the Power of God.
1. Power of God
- Spirit – Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- Gospel – Romans 1:16, “the gospel is the power of God.”
2. Power of the Flesh
- Galatians 5:16-17, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other…”
- I Corinthians 1:17, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”
There is a way of preaching/discipling that relies on the man preaching/discipling rather than the Spirit and the message preached. Such preaching/disciplship empties the cross of its power, for it relies not on the power of God but the power of flesh.
Illustration: The Samaritan Woman, “So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did…’ Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” (John 4:28-30, 39)
V. Disciple-Making Provision
“God does not call the equipped; He equips the called.”
- “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics” (Luke 9:3; 10:4)
- No earthly protection (staff), possessions (bag), provisions (bread & tunic), or prosperity (money)
One of the ways we know God has empowered the ministry is He provides for the ministry.
Two Types of Ready:
- Worldly readiness arises from faith in self and circumstances but is empty of spiritual power.
- Spiritual readiness arises from faith in God and His promises and is filled with spiritual power.
Do not take the things of the world, but take the power and authority of the world’s maker instead.
Illustration: Israel in the Wilderness
Conclusion: From Deliverance to Deployment: Seek First His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33)