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What Does It Mean to Be a Member of the Church Missionally?

Text: Matthew 9:35-38 & Matthew 10:1 & 5-8

Matthew 9:35-38

The Need for Workers

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Matthew 10:1 & 5-8

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[1] spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:1 Greek unclean.

Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[1] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

Footnotes:

  1. 10:7 Or has come, or is coming soon.
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