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A JESUS WHO REACHES OUT

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A Jesus Who Reaches Out
| Luke 10:1-24 |
Sermon Discussion

Duane was hot off a trip to the Basque region, investigating possible church planting conditions in the region. While there he spent time with a lot of the locals who were amazing hosts! They were fantastic at reaching out and they're questions made him feel welcome and interesting.

What is your go to question when reaching out to get to know a new friend?

Let's read the passage:

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, "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. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!' 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

13 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

16 "The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me."

17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" 18 And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." 23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

The passage tells of Jesus reaching out by sending out the 72 disciples, and God reaching out to us by sending Jesus.
Duane had 3 points that he wanted to discuss:

- The work and the workers
- The receptive and resistant
- The justice and the joy

THE WORK AND THE WORKERS

In verse 2 Jesus invites laborers into his work, to bring in the harvest. Duane explained that Jesus sent the disciples everywhere, and possibly the 72 disciples were to represent the 72 countries that were recognized at the point in history. He also mentioned that harvests can take a long time to come to fruition, involve quite a bit of financial risk, and have to be done intentionally without getting distracted.

How do you think the act of harvesting relates to the work Jesus has asked us to do in San Diego?

Why do you think God invited us into this work?

What are some things that keep you from getting your hands dirty with the work?

Duane mentioned that the call for workers in verse 2 can bring out 3 different feelings in people

- Some are inspired to get to work
- Some are affirmed in their current work
- Some feel convicted that they should get to work

How does this call for workers effect you?

THE RECEPTIVE AND RESISTANT

Jesus points out in verse 3 that this work is not without risk. There are wolves out there looking to harm you. In verse 5 he continues His instructions telling them to look for "Sons of Peace" who are open to the news and if they find no one open to move on.

Have you ever met a "Son of Peace" Someone who's heart is ready and open to the kingdom message?

What dangers do we face reaching out in San Diego?

Jesus provides a wide spectrum of how people will respond to the 72 from open and receptive to doing His work or resistant, critical, or distracted?

Where are you on the spectrum to being used by God?

THE JUSTICE AND THE JOY

Jesus then explains in verse 13-15, that those who do not believe will end up in hell. Those that believe have their names joyously written in the book of life and will go to heaven. Duane explained that heaven and hell are both real places. And God would be just to send all of us to hell, but through his grace and Jesus work we are made right and able to enter heaven. Jesus then explains to the disciples how great a privilege that they were able to see these works with their own eyes, that Kings and Prophets had desired to see it but could not.

Why would God be just in sending all people to hell?

Why do you think God revealed these things to us and these simple disciples instead of great Kings and Prophets?

God is excited to bring people into His family, it's why He reached out by sending Jesus.

Do you think of God as reaching out to you?

How has God been reaching out to you lately? Trying to get to know you and share Himself with you?

PRAYER
Pray with your group, thanking God for reaching out and inviting us into His family. And asking God to spur us towards laboring on His harvest in San Diego