You Will do Greater Works

Mark 6:6-13

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Jesus called His Disciples to follow Him. For what purpose? There is a cultural practice of teachers training teachers. Socrates to Plato, Plato to Aristotle for example. So, Jesus taught the Twelve so that they would be able to then help others to follow the same path in life.

Paul says it to Timothy this way in II Timothy 2:

1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Notice the sharing of the teaching, but also the sharing of the commitment.

Consider on top of that the call of Jesus in Matthew 11:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

A yoke is a means to connect two oxen to work together. Jesus’ invitation to come to Him for rest for our souls is an invitation to work. It is an invitation to His work. And the invitation is for all who will “come to Him.”

So, the first idea in our sermon today is that in calling the twelve Disciples, Jesus expresses His intent to share His ministry.

 

  1. Jesus’ Intent is to Share His Ministry

        What does Jesus ministry look like?

  1. Caring for the needs of people

His healing ministry. His deliverance ministry.

Sharing love. Respecting all people. Reaching out and offering         life to all people.

How does it work:

Story of feeding the five thousand from

Matthew 14: 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.

 

 

  1. Teaching people about God

        People are often described as task oriented or people oriented. Think of life in both of these terms. People oriented is reflected in the previous section. How are we to prioritize the importance of others in our lives and how are we to treat them if we are to treat them appropriately? And then, what are the basic fundamental tasks that we are to be involved in? Teaching people about God is a fundamental. The appropriate response to all knowledge about God is repentance. To repent means to turn away from one thing and toward another. We often think of a 180 degree turn. Most turns are not nearly that profound. We might need a 25 degree turn!

Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand.

What does repentance look like? What is the connection of our     own good behavior to being connected to God?

What is this principle? It is that if we will turn from our ways to    pursuing truth, love and service: The kingdom of God will manifest itself in our lives. And this grows as we get better at     repentance.

Apart from the idea of repentance, no truth is lived out.

  1. Saving people from their sin

Jesus dies for sin. He does this by taking up His cross and living out the will of God as the eternal sacrifice for sin. We obviously cannot do that.

But, Jesus does say that we have a cross to bear! If we want to be His followers, we must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus!

When people do not follow Jesus it is because there is a pathway of life that they do not want to give up so that they might do so.

 

  1. Jesus Sends out the Twelve Without Him

 

  1. They go with a partner

We are not meant to be alone in ministry.

Encouragement.

Ecclesiastes 4: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

One can speak as another prays. Then vis versa

 

  1. They spend time with folks who are receptive

If people are not interested in what they have to say, they move on. Remember, Jesus got done not doing much in His hometown! He basically avoids Jerusalem until it is time for Him to die.

Consider John 6: 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

Matthew 7: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

 

  1. Jesus gives them authority

        They have the right to represent Jesus and what Jesus has come to do! Consider

Matthew 28: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

John 14: 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

They don’t go around declaring their authority, instead they declare Jesus’ authority to establish the kingdom of God!

 

III. The Disciples do what Jesus did

        And so will we!

  1. They experienced rejection

        They did not quit because they were not received. They moved    on.

 

  1. They preached what Jesus preached

        Repent, the kingdom of heaven is near!

Repent for the purposes of experiencing God’s kingdom.

Repent means change what you are doing. The examples from     John the Baptist are practical and not difficult to understand.     Ultimately all repentance brings us into conformity to God’s       character.

  1. They ministered like Jesus did

        They cared for people’s needs. Healing, deliverance, teaching       truth and repentance.

        John 14: 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Greater works.

Works in Jesus’ name.

Because of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all who follow Jesus!