Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pentecost 7 - Proper 11

The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught.

We think of the first Christians as apostles, men sent to preach by Christ Jesus. In our Gospel Mark makes the only mention of the disciples as apostles. Jesus had sent them out two by two on a preaching – healing mission and now they return to report back to Him.

There were only a small select number of persons chosen to be called to be apostles. Yet, as a redeemed child of God you have been selected sent by Him who has redeemed you to witness and serve in His name.

1. You are sent by Christ.
A. He has commissioned His church to bear witness for Him.
B. Our marching orders are simple and direct – to make disciples of the nations.
1. By Baptizing
2. By teaching all that He has commanded

2. You can witness to God’s love in Christ.

A. The early disciples would simply say, “we are witnesses of these things.”
B. You have been called to give testimony of what Christ has done in your life. Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see.”[1]

3. You can serve others in Christ’s name.
A. ‘Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these my brothers you have done it unto Me.”[2]
B. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his reward.[3]

You have been given a high, high calling. Sent forth by the Savior you bear witness of His love as you serve others in His name. By any other name it’s still the same – if you are a Christian you are a sermon in shoes.

[1] John 1:46
[2] Matthew 25:40
[3] Matthew 10:42

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