Shake Off the Dust

Series: The Gospel Can't Be Contained

July 11, 2021
Frank Foreman

What does it mean to be a faithful messenger of the Gospel? What is a reasonable level of effort we should dedicate to trying to share God's Word and truth with someone? How do we handle rejection from others when we are trying to share our faith? Is it really our rejection? ---------- This are all questions we can ponder as we continue to make our way through our study from the book of Mark 6. We hope that as you join us and hear the Word of God taught, that His Spirit would guide you into an understanding that helps you to grow in that same wisdom and in truth.

Episode Notes

1st Corinthians 1:26-27, For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;

Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

BIG IDEA: In commissioning His twelve apostles, the Lord Jesus delegated His message and power to the first generation of Gospel messengers.

(Journal) Mark 6:7-13

1.  Faithful messengers accurately and urgently proclaim the Good News of salvation to the lost.

Acts 2:37-38, Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

2nd Corinthians 5:20-21, Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:13-15, For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News!”

2.  Faithful messengers prepare wisely while living dependently on the Lord who will keep His promises.

Matthew 6:31-33, Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Luke 22:35-37, And He said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about Me has its fulfillment.”

Hebrews 13:5-6, Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

3.  Faithful messengers exercise discernment by recognizing the need to preach to those who are receptive.

  • Those who have been given God’s truth and reject it are surrendered to God for judgement. 

2nd Thessalonians 1:7-9, …when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might…

  • Those who rejected God’s truth will not be allowed to hinder the furtherance of the Gospel. 

Acts 13:50-51, But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

  • Those who speak God’s truth have done all that they can as faithful messengers.

Mark 6:30, The apostles returned to Jesus and told Him all that they had done and taught.

NEXT STEP: Embrace accountability by gathering with those who love God’s message enough to encourage and sharpen you.

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