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THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
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I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Just a few thoughts on two passages in Mark where Jesus sends out the Twelve.

Mark 6:6-13 (NIV)
"Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them." They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Jesus modeled the calling. In previous passages He went from town to town preaching and healing. The training the 12 got was more like an apprenticeship than a training with an academic focus like we are most familiar with. So after the disciples observed the calling that Jesus had, they were sent out with the same calling. Preaching that people should turn to God, and healing the sick as they went.

Mark 16:15-18 (NIV)
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

Here is the passage we often consider when we think missions today.... or at least we consider part of this passage.

Is there a connection between the two passages? Has the message changed? Are we to preach a similar gospel that Jesus and His disciples preached? What about the emphasis on healing, should that still be part of our calling? What about money?

Or was this just the calling of the 12?

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3 comments:

A. Amos Love said...

Jon

Seems preaching, healing, signs and wonders,
miracles, go hand in hand. Yes?

Mark16:20 ESV
And they went forth, and preached every where,
the Lord working with them,
and confirming the word with signs following.

So the signs confirmed the word preached.

**Philip, speaking and performing miracles.

Acts 8:4-6
Therefore they that were scattered abroad
went every where preaching the word.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria,
and preached Christ unto them.
And the people with one accord gave heed
unto those things which Philip spake,
*hearing and seeing*
*the miracles which he did.*

**Paul, speaking and performing miracles.

Rom 15:18
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things
which Christ hath not wrought by me,
to make the Gentiles obedient,
by *word* and *deed,*
*Through mighty signs and wonders,*
*by the power of the Spirit of God;*
so that from Jerusalem,
and round about unto Illyricum,
I have *fully preached* the gospel of Christ.

Paul, Not interested in man’s wisdom???
But in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

1Cor 2:4 KJV
And my speech and my preaching was not
with enticing words of man’s wisdom,
but *in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:*
That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men,
but in *the power of God.*

Heb 2:4
God also bearing them witness,
*both with signs and wonders,*
and with *divers miracles,*
and *gifts of the Holy Ghost,*
according to his own will?

Mat 10:8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,
cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Luke 9:2
And he sent them to preach
the kingdom of God,
and to heal the sick.

Lu 10:9
And heal the sick that are therein,
and say unto them,
The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Seems preaching, healing, signs and wonders,
miracles, go hand in hand. Yes?

If you’re going to preach Jesus to folks
you might as well see and experience
His power to heal and deliver.

God is real cool...

Jesus still heals today...

Jonathan said...

Yes, thanks for sharing those verses... yes there seems to be a pattern there that we don't see often today.

I'm not certain the same gospel is preached, and I haven't seen many healings. I pray for wisdom.

A. Amos Love said...

Jon

Here's a site that might be a benefit to you.

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http://web.me.com/love101

Mostly just the word of God.
No charge for anything on the site.
Use the info any way God directs you.

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Print out a few for your High School club.
They will fit in a dollar store 8 x 10 frame as a gift.
Also work well on hospital room walls,
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Ask God, He will show you.

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Scriptures found important in the healing process.

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