Sunday, 16th August 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN Far and near hear the call (GrahamKendrick)

1 Far and near hear the call,

 Worship Him, Lord of all;

 Families of nations come,

 Celebrate what God has done.

 Say it loud, say it strong,

 Tell the world what God has done;

 Say it loud, praise His name,

 Let the earth rejoice for the Lord reigns.

2 Deep and wide is the love

 Heaven sent from above;

 God’s own Son for sinners died,

 Rose again, He is alive.

 Chorus

3 At His name let praise begin,

 Oceans roar, nature sing.

 For He comes to judge the earth

 In righteousness and in His truth.

 Say it loud, say it strong,

 Tell the world what God has done;

 Say it loud, praise His name,

 Let the earth rejoice for the Lord reigns,

 The Lord reigns.

PRAYER

READING MATTHEW 10:1-10

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.

SERMON – Evangelism

EVANGELISM What does the word mean to you? Actually, evangelism is the very heart of what Jesus commanded His disciples to do. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at this crucial chapter of the Bible – Matthew 10 – and we shall see who Jesus sends, what He sends them to do, how He sends them, where they are to go etc.

Right at the start of chapter 10 we read these words: He Called. And that is the very foundation of the Christian life and experience. Have you been CALLED by God? If so then you have two very wonderful things in your life – namely God’s Authority and His Power! Those marvellous things are NOT given to everyone – ONLY to Jesus’ followers – it was the TWELVE He called and gave them power and authority.

Isn’t that exciting to know that if we are God’s … then we have His authority and power vested in us? In prayer, we have a marvellous weapon – both for fighting against the powers of evil and for bringing health and wholeness to people. And if you don’t believe me – then listen on – and find out what happened to these 12 people over the next few weeks! You’ll also notice that Jesus called 12 men. Has it ever entered your head to ask why there were 12? 12 tribes in Israel. Jesus was starting a NEW PEOPLE – the CHURCH.

And notice a very interesting change in verse 2 Jesus now calls the disciples APOSTLES which means THOSE WHO ARE SENT. Then their names are given ….. then … the INSTRUCTIONS are given to them.

Verse 5 tells us Jesus sent them. Are YOU a Christian? Then Jesus is sending YOU TOO. You can look back to the last verse of chapter 9 (vs. 38) and see that Jesus told the disciples to ask the Lord to send out workers. God has an amazing knack of making US the Answer to our own prayers. So, what does Jesus do ? He sends those 12 praying men out into the harvest field to work to Him.

FIRSTLY He tells them (vv. 5,6) to which people to go – namely the Jews. God will also tell US to whom we should be speaking about Him!

SECONDLY He tells them to PREACH. That word ALWAYS involves the use of the TONGUE.

The MESSAGE ? the Kingdom of heaven is near. We have a message about KING JESUS being alive – He is in control of this dark world. His Kingdom is GOOD NEWS for everyone who believes – but disaster for the others…..

Then, THIRDLY, the power and authority which were given to the apostles was now to be put into practice – they were to heal, to raise the dead, to cleanse and to drive out demons.

Fourthly, and our final stage this evening, the disciples are told (vv 8-10) to give freely, to trust in God, and to expect God to look after their every need.

We ought to trust our God and Father for everything in our lives. God has a heart that reaches out to people – people in our district and elsewhere – do we have God’s heart and His passion to draw others to Him ? Let’s ask for that love to be planted in our hearts more and more, and trust God to bless us as we go out in evangelism (or else our Church will simply DIE).

PRAYER

HYMN Hear the call of the Kingdom (Getty & Townend)

1 Hear the call of the kingdom, lift your eyes to the King;

 let his song rise within you as a fragrant offering

 of how God, rich in mercy, came in Christ to redeem

 all who trust in his unfailing grace.

2 Hear the call of the kingdom to be children of light,

 with the mercy of heaven, the humility of Christ;

 walking justly before him, loving all that is right,

 that the life of Christ may shine through us.

 King of heaven, we will answer the call.

 We will follow, bringing hope to the world,

 filled with passion, filled with power to proclaim

 salvation in Jesus’ name.

3 Hear the call of the kingdom to reach out to the lost

 with the Father’s compassion in the wonder of the cross,

 bringing peace and forgiveness, and a hope yet to come:

 let the nations put their trust in him.

Benediction

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