We have come in this PODCAST to a monumentally significant section of Scripture.
And yet ironically one of the most ignored.
As we will learn over the next several weeks, here in Mark 6, and its much more complete parallel passage in Matthew 10, we read of something that was for Jesus enormously emotional, and for us incredibly instructional.
Emotional because of its context (Jesus’ compassion for people will shine ever so brightly against dark backdrop of His own rejection); instructional because of its content (that includes wonderfully practical principles we can readily apply).
There is no way for me to overestimate the value of the insights that we will discover together here as we sort of eavesdrop on Jesus as He prepares His men for ministry.
Just to give you a sneak peak of just some of the things that we will learn together as we dissect and digest this that we could call The Master’s Message to His Men, we will discover:
- How Jesus wants His ministers — both then and now — to conduct their ministries;
- How Jesus wants His present pastors to pastor;
- What the template for any ministry that Jesus develops here in Matthew 10 actually looks like;
- Where the lines of the ministry blueprint are drawn;
- Jesus’ purpose statement for all future ministries;
- Jesus’ own philosophy of ministry, and how it translates into our own ministry contexts today.
You could say that Jesus wrote the ministry manual that He intended each of us who dare to minister in His name to follow, and that Matthew 10 is that manual. A chapter of epic importance that was completely overlooked, and never-once-considered throughout my four years of Bible college, three years of seminary, and five years completing a doctoral program.
I cannot help but to wonder how different the church landscape would look today if we actually taught future pastors what Jesus taught His men. Jesus planted here in Matthew 10 the seeds of ministry principles that will come to full bloom in rest of New Testament. In short, how we view the ministry and discharge our own ministries begins right here.
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