Bringing It All Together - Application (Luke 9:57-10:16)
Gearl Spicer, September 27, 2020
Part of the Axis of A Living Faith series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 9:57–10:16 (Listen)
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 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. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
AXIS OF A LIVING FAITH
Bringing It All Together - Application
*What distracts you from a living faith?
*What instructions are you willing to apply?
Distractions - Hindrances to impact
Instructions - Insights that lead to heaven
*A living faith asks us to deal with our distractions and follow
*Nothing of value comes without a price!
*No one putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the
kingdom of God. 9:62
*The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech
the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 10:2
*Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest
against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near. 10:11
*The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects
Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent me. 10:16
I. What keeps us back - Distractions - 9:57-62
A. Enthusiasm without understanding
B. Excuses always disable our eternal direction
C. Preoccupied with what could paralyze
Lesson - Never lose sight of Jesus - He is waiting for our 100% focus!
II. The call that matters - Instructions - 10:1-16
A. Accept His assignment for our lives
B. Focus on what matters eternally
C. Adopt a kingdom mindset
Lesson - Never reject the One who makes all things possible - He makes the impossible possible!
What lessons will you bookmark in your heart from our living faith series?