Read Matthew 9:-35-38
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Write down the characteristics of Jesus in his mission:
What was breaking the heart of Jesus?
In the following verses following the compassion and urgency shown by the savior, and after he calls upon them to pray for the Lord to send out His church, Jesus sends out his disciples.
Read Matthew 10:1-8
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Where do you see the disciples doing exactly what Jesus had asked them to do in the previous text? What characteristics are they displaying?
How does this model an example of missional discipleship for us? For you?
Where do we go from here?
If God is a missional God, and the Church is called to be sacrificial and obedient in their mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the nations, where do we go from here? A few questions for reflection and discussion.