One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
“Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes. Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town. And if a town refuses to welcome you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”
So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick. (NLT2)
This little story appears in three of the four Gospel. That means PAY ATTENTION! And so we quickly see four things we need to learn. The first is most obvious: Jesus trusts his disciples and so He gives them authority to go in His name to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God. Second, Jesus instructs His team members to not rely on the world to support them in their divine calling. If they do, the world will eventually let them down or demand the message be better shaped toward the world rather than God, and that would end the mission. Third, Jesus lets them know that if they are faithful, in every way, in presenting The Gospel to people, it is not their responsibility whether or not the people accept it. They do their job of faithfully presenting The Gospel, and let the people do their job of faithfully receiving it—if they will.
The fourth thing is just one line, but it is the one that makes the other three possible. Verse six is putting everything Jesus gave them to do into action. They go.
Now remember, they didn’t just go. They went in the name of Jesus, with His authority, and they leaned not on the world but God alone to sustain them. And finally, they needed to be faithful to God’s call, whether those around them were faithful or not. But none of it makes any difference unless and until…they go.
Jesus also send us. He sends us into our neighborhoods, our city, our nation, and into the world…all in His name with His authority, to faithfully and authentically share The Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, we go.
This Sunday is Faith Promise Sunday. It’s the first one we’ve celebrated in quite a while at Old Bethel. The point is very simple. We need to go—as individuals and as a church family—we go into the world and share the truth of Jesus Christ. And this Sunday, we focus on the incredible importance of the mission, and remember that nothing happens until we go. So…let’s go, in every way possible!
Pastor Rusty <><
MORE GOOD NEWS AND UPDATES:
We are all ready for Summer! Please mark your calendar for Saturday, May 15, from 11am-1pm for a fun, family event - Race Into Summer! We will have relay races, obstacle courses and games in our parking lot. The bounce house will be inflated and ready for fun! Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served for lunch. Bring your family and friends to join in the fun. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Community Life Minister Arin Schellenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Promise/Missions Sunday is THIS Sunday! Please consider what you will consider sharing, from your bounty, with those who have so little. Please remember that this is an amount that you will trust God to provide to you above, and beyond, that which you have already pledged for other programs of Old Bethel. Do not take from the full hand of blessings He has already given for you to share but, rather, open your other hand, in trusting faith, for the blessings He will provide to further His Kingdom! Also, if you have ever participated on a mission trip, if possible, please wear your shirt from that trip.
Vacation Bible School: Rocky Railway is June 21-25.Come join us for a week of fun! Every night we will serve a dinner at 5pm and 5:30 we will begin all the fun! We will learn awesome songs, play some cool games, eat yummy snacks, make funky crafts, and learn about how to trust God every day! To register visit our website and click the VBS banner! If you have any questions please contact Pastor Tonya.
Do you enjoy creating something out of nothing? Do you enjoy bringing ideas to life? Then we need you! Pastor Tonya is looking for people to help create decorations for our Vacation Bible School. Join us Friday June 4, 6-8pm, Saturday June 5, 11am-2pm, Friday June 11, 6-8pm, and/or Saturday, June 12, 11am-2pm.
Looking to get out of the house for a little bit? We currently have openings for volunteer receptionists for several shifts, both mornings (9am-12:30pm) and afternoons (12:30-4pm). Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! You may choose to serve every week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at email@example.com or 317-359-9651, extension 131.
This Sunday’s guest speaker is Jim Mulholland, Executive Director of Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA). There are no message notes.
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The GO of Mission - from Pastor Rusty