Called & Sent Out | September 16, 2017

Called & Sent Out (September 16, 2017)

Sermon Series: Following Jesus (A Journey of Faith)

Big Idea: Just as Jesus called the Twelve, He is calling on us to continue His mission.

Scripture: Matthew 9:35-10:42 (ESV)

Closing Song: Lifesong (Casting Crowns)

Point One: Harvest Is Plentiful (Laborers Are Few)

Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV) – The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Point One: Harvest Is Plentiful (Laborers Are Few)

1. Jesus builds momentum in His ministry by traveling around proclaiming the kingdom of God while healing people (sharing the Gospel through both words and actions)

2. Jesus had compassion on the crowds (sheep/shepherd -> Jesus protects us and gives us direction)

3. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (there are so many opportunities for real ministry, but our churches are full of hearers rather than doers)

4. Jesus encourages His disciples to pray earnestly for God to send more people to help (by making disciples of all nations, we should be looking for people to join a team, not a club)

Point Two: The Twelve Apostles

Matthew 10:1-4 (ESV) – The Twelve Apostles

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Point Two: The Twelve Apostles

1. Jesus models true discipleship by training up and giving authority to the Twelve (think of yourself as an apprentice to Jesus -> learn from Him and be ready to step up when your time comes)

2. Jesus gives authority (we are to be an extension of HIS ministry)

3. Imitate Jesus by ministering to others, giving freely and proclaiming the kingdom of God

4. Jesus didn’t call the best, brightest or the most popular; He called those who were willing (Peter -> married, lucrative family business, etc.)

Point Three: Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Matthew 10:5-15 (ESV) – Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it.And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

See also:

  • Matthew 10:16-25 (Persecution Will Come)
  • Matthew 10:26-33 (Have No Fear)
  • Matthew 10:34-39 (Not Peace But a Sword)
  • Matthew 10:40-42 (Rewards)

Point Three: Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

1. Persecution will come (Jesus says to ‘be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.’ -> Trust the Holy Spirit to speak through you. How you react during hard times will be a true testimony of your faith to those around you)

2. Have no fear (Jesus says it is better to fear God than man, but since He promises to acknowledge us before the Father, we truly have nothing to fear)

3. Not peace but a sword (because we are called to follow Jesus above all else, there will be conflict in our lives because people outside the faith will not understand -> we are called to take up our cross and follow Christ)

4. Rewards in heaven -> all followers of Christ, no matter how great or small their contribution, will be blessed because of how our lives direct people to Jesus


1. How can we encourage others to be ‘doers of the Word’ rather than just hearers?


2. In what ways can you use Jesus’ model of discipleship to help others grow?


3. Where is Jesus sending you? How can you be a better follower of Christ?