Called and Sent

Mark 6:7-13

A few weeks ago we read about how the whole city gathered at the door… the next morning Jesus arose early to pray, Peter found Him and said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

Jesus response was, “Let’s go to the next towns that I may preach there, for that is why I came out.” Jesus is still stirring the hearts of His followers with the same words.

Jesus wants to take the message of the gospel to all the towns and villages and cities of the world.

  1. Before He sends you out, He calls you to Himself. (v. 7a)
    1. Mark 3:13-14 – And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach…
    2. Acts 4:13 – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
  2. He sends you out in partnership with others. (v. 7b)
    1. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
    2. Isolation is unhealthy. Counter to our design.
      1. Genesis 2:18 – Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone…” We were created for relationships — marriage, family, friendship, partnership in ministry.
      2. Proverbs 18:1 (ESV) – Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
  • When we are alone, there is no one to protect us from ourselves!
  1. He sends you out in His authority. (v. 7c)
    1. John 15:5-8 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
    2. “Authority over impure spirits (demonic powers).” He was preparing them for battle.
      1. Ephesians 6:10-18 – 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
        1. We are in a battle. Denial is deadly. Ignore it at your own risk.
        2. You have to fight the right enemy – and it’s not people!
        3. There is a real Satan and he is scheming against you right now.
        4. Protection is available but you have to actuall use it.
        5. It is possible to have victory in your battle if you rely on His strength.
        6. Prayer is the battlefield. The Word of God is our only offensive weapon, but praying in faith is how we wield it.
      2. Jesus has authority over all spiritual powers.
        1. Colossians 2:15 (NIV) – And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
        2. Ephesians 1: 20-21 – that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
        3. Jesus’ death and resurrection forever defeated Satan. We do not need to fear him or any other spiritual power of darkness!
      3. He sends you out just as you are. (v. 8-10)
        1. As long as we can depend on ourselves, we will. Faith is often a last resort.
        2. Jesus wanted them to trust the Father for everything so that:
          1. Their faith would grow stronger when they saw God supply their needs.
          2. God would get the glory because they could not rely on anything else.
  • The people they preached to would see it and realize the power of God was with them.
  1. He sends you into hard places sometimes.
    1. Jesus warned them not everyone would receive their message.
    2. The gospel is offensive to people.
    3. Sometimes people will become openly hostile to you because you are a follower of Jesus.
      1. He gave these instructions in Romans 12:17-20 – 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[a] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
      2. How to handle opposition:
        1. “if possible” – IF means sometimes it will not be possible
        2. “as far as it depends on you” – make sure if there is hostility that it is for the sake of the gospel and not because you have been a jerk about it.
        3. “Vengeance is mine” – do not take something that doesn’t belong to you. Trust God to do any defending that needs to be done.
        4. “If your enemey is hungry, feed him” – Love is the response of the Christ follower. Trust God with the results.
        5. “heap burning coals” – Messianic Jewish Rabbi Lois Tvorberg: “It is a picture of stirring within a person a response of remorse, when they see your kindness in the face of their meanness. This must also be the sense of Paul’s passage – we cause our enemies to be remorseful for their actions toward us, and in doing so we overcome evil by doing good.”
      3. He sends you out to have Kingdom impact. (v. 12-13)
        1. The disciples were faithful to obey what Jesus commanded.
        2. The result was life-changing for whole villages and communities.
        3. Jesus could have done this all Himself, but He chooses to bring His Kingdom in partnership with people.
          1. The church is God’s chosen way to bring His Kingdom on earth.
          2. Luke 10:2 – And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
  • Will you say to God, “Here I am, send me?”