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June 10, 2018

MATTHEW 10:1-8                                                 WHAT’S OUR BUSINESS? AND, HOW’S BUSINESS?

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

  1. Jesus is clear; his followers are sent out to engage in GOD’S BUSINESS.
  2. Early Christians practiced what they called “Works of mercy” that they saw as the norm for Jesus’ followers.

            Seven focused on physical needs          Seven focused on Spiritual needs 

            Feeding the hungry                                   Converting the sinner

            Giving drink to the thirsty                        Instructing the ignorant

            Clothing the naked                                    Counseling the doubtful

            Harboring the stranger                            Comforting the sorrowful

            Visiting the sick                                           Bearing wrongs patiently

            Ministering to prisoners                           Forgiving injuries

            Burying the dead                                        Praying for others


  1. All of us are GIFTED in some way with skills and abilities to use for God’s Kingdom. Unused gifts are simply a waste.
  2. Three things happen when we invest in our giftedness:
  • There are people who come to know Jesus because of our EFFORTS.
  • God is GLORIFIED because we are using what we have been given by Him.
  • We are entrusted with more OPPORTUNITIES.

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