In this passage from Luke, we find our Lord Jesus sending out 72 followers of his, ahead of him to various towns. They are given a mandate; a message!
That mandate, if we are to paraphrase it is:
- Partner with me in bringing healing to those who are hurting, and in proclaiming the good news of the kingdom!
That commission does not stop with these 72. Instead, it is one that extends to all who call themselves followers of Jesus! He still says to his church in the 21st Century: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
The sharing of the Good News is not limited to pastors or other church leaders.
- We all have a story to tell!
- Every single baptized, born again believer in Jesus Christ is invited to be part of proclaiming this story of salvation.
- We are all called to be part of the mission of God in our world.
In this sermon, we consider this mission, of which all Christians are called to be a part.
Listen along (by clicking player below) as we explore this topic together…(I preached this sermon at St John’s Lutheran Church on Sunday 3rd July 2016). God bless you!