Luke 10:1-20 p.90
A man’s wife asked “ Are you going to play golf with Frank today dear?”.
“No” he said “ Would you play golf with a man who moved the ball with his foot when you weren’t looking?”
“ No I suppose not dear” she said.
“Well neither will Frank” her husband said.
When we tell a joke we share our laughter with others.
If they then tell other people the joke the laughter multiplies
Luke 10:1-20 Good news is multiplies through TEAMWORK
1st year Jesus worked alone then chose 12 people (Luke 6:14) - called apostles - means “people sent out with a message”
2nd year Jesus trained the 12 apostles. Sent them out in pairs to preach and heal (Luke 9:1-6)
3rd year the 12 apostles trained another 72 people
At the end of the 3rd year Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem for the last time. He sent out the 72 people in pairs to go ahead of him
TEAMWORK WITH OTHERS
A man went to the doctor and said his shins were in a bad way
The doctor took one look at them and said “My goodness have you been playing football?”
“No” the man said “ Bridge”.
IN PAIRS (v.1)
Q How did they feel? Excited, nervous, apprehensive, hopeful?
Q What is the advantage of doing something with another person?
To support and encourage one another when things are difficult
Fellowship and prayer together are important
It is good to have a special friend or partner who shares in our work
TRAIN OTHERS (v.2)
Q Think of a time when you taught someone something.
Q Did the job take a longer or shorter time?
Q Did you eventually get more done or less done?
Look out for people who have the potential to do work that needs doing
Pass on what we know. At first this takes more time but eventually saves time and more gets done
Pray for more workers. It is the Lord’s work so we can ask him to provide people with the right abilities to do the work he has called us as a church to do. It is our responsibility to pray, his responsibility to provide
PREPARE THE WAY (v.3)
Go out with the good news. Did not wait for people to come to them
Take the initiative - Eg. Give Easter invites to friends
Do what we can do. Believe that Jesus will do what we cannot do - bring people to faith
TEAMWORK WITH JESUS
TRUST GOD TO SUPPLY OUR NEEDS (v.4)
Time, energy, words, guidance
DON’T GET SIDETRACKED (v.4)
“Don’t stop to greet anyone on the road” seems unfriendly
ILLN Gigha. If I stopped to speak to people along the way I never got to where I was supposed to be going
There is a temptation to go only to people we know.
SHARE THE GOOD NEWS WITH EVERYONE (v.5)
Offer God’s peace to everyone.
Jesus says, Go to all who will receive the message
FOCUS ON RECEPTIVE PEOPLE (v.6)
Spend time with people who want to hear the good news.
If someone is not receptive don’t give up just move on to someone who is receptive
“Shake the dust off your feet” (v.11) Leave the hurt feelings behind
Remember Jesus did not have 100% success
v.16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me”
“The 72 people came back in great joy” (v.17)
There is great joy in sharing our faith and seeing people respond
BUT Jesus, don’t let your joy depend on success - on whether people accept or reject your message - that is something that will change
Jesus wants us to know the eternal joy of belonging to him
“our names written in heaven” (v.20)
The joy of belonging to Jesus cannot be taken away
Inspector Frost was called to a Pizza Hut because a man had been found on the floor covered in mushrooms onions tomatoes and cheese. “Looks like he topped himself” Frost said
If you told a foreigner this joke they may not get the double meaning to “Topped”
When you tell a joke people may laugh or the may not
But if you find it funny then the way other people respond does not change how you feel - the joke is still funny
Jesus want us to know his joy - a joy that comes from within us and does not depend on other people
Just as jokes are enjoyed even more when shared with other people, Jesus wants us to share his joy with the people we meet each day so that our joy will increase and so that people of every generation throughout the whole world may also know the joy of belonging to him