Heeding Key Instructions for Effectiveness (Luke 9:1-27)
Part of the Discipleship 101 - Personal Lessons From Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 9:1–27 (Listen)
9:1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, 8 by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. 9 Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.
10 On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. 12 Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 And they did so, and had them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Discipleship 101 - Personal Lessons From Jesus
Heeding Key Instructions for Effectiveness
How effective do you feel to live out His instructions?
The key to effectively executing His Word is directly linked to our hearts!
"And He said to them, Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece." vs. 3
"But He said to them, You give them something to eat! And they said, we have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all of these people." vs. 13
"And He said to them, But who do you say that I am? And Peter answered and said, The Christ of God." vs. 20
"And He saying to them all, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." vs. 23
I. Don't complicate your call in life—vs. 1-11
A. Rely completely on God
B. Stay focused while on mission
C. Shake the dust
*Never forget there will be enemies but realize you operate with divine guidance!
II. Learn to obey even when it is hard to understand—vs. 12-17
A. Jesus always has compassion
B. Jesus always meets needs
C. Jesus always give instructions
III. Grasp the power of His identity—vs. 18-27
A. We must personally experience Him
B. We must deny, take up and follow
C. WE must yield to His eternal math
Are you ready to follow Him—no matter what?
Be sure to: Trust Him timing, Follow His instructions and Await His impact!