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Sermon Today’s Gospel ( Luke 10: 1-20) Heal the sick there, & [preach]‘The kingdom of God has come near to you .’ . Okbe Zemede St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church 5333 St. Bernard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70122 July 14, 2013.

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SermonToday’s Gospel (Luke 10: 1-20)Heal the sick there, & [preach]‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Okbe Zemede

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church5333 St. Bernard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70122July 14, 2013

  • Today’s Gospel talks about specific guidelines for ministers, for Abounas and us, the believers.

  • We may not preach like St. Paul, but we are called to be faithful witnesses for the kingdom of God.

Today’s Gospel Luke 10: 1-20

  • (Luke 10:1-3) Seventy-two disciples are appointed and sent out

  • (Luke 10:4-8) Christ gave specific guidelines for their ministry

  • (Luke 10:9) Christ wanted the seventy-two to heal & to preach

  • (Luke 10:10-16) warning to those who reject the message

  • (Luke 10:17-20) The joy of the seventy-two and Jesus’ warning

Main points Luke 10: 1-20

  • He first appointed the twelve apostles (Luke 9)

  • After Christ prepares the seventy-two for mission works, He gave them specific instructions for their ministry.

  • He commanded them to pray so that the Lord would raise up active servants, for "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few" (v. 2).

  • Then He said, “3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves”

  • He educated them not to be distracted by material concerns, “Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals” (v. 4).

  • or not to be sidetracked by social obligations, “greet no one along the road”. (v. 4).

Central point of today’s message Luke 10: 1-20

  • He instructs them to trust that God would provide for them through the generosity of others, “for the worker deserves his wages”

  • He instructs them to thankfully receive what was offered to them, “5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. ”

Central point of today’s message Luke 10: 1-20

  • Christ wanted them to heal and to preach, “9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’“

  • John the Baptist began his ministry with the same message “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 3.1-2.

  • Christ began his ministry with the same message. Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mat 4.17

  • The Twelve(Apostles) “2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick” Luke 9:1-5

Preach the message of salvation Luke 10: 1-20

  • Christ says that the cities that reject His message are in more trouble before God than the sinful cities, Sodom …Tyre and Sidon.

  • “12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town”

  • “16 Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

  • Messenger (72)= Message (salvation)= Sender (Christ)

Messenger = Message= SenderLuke 10: 1-20

Joy = Its source = God

(Luke 10:1-20)

And the seventy came back with joy, when casted out demons in His name (Luke 10:17).

Do not be glad, however, because you have power over spirits, but because your names are recorded in heaven (Luke 10:20).

We should be happy because we are Children of God and not because of the earthly materials we have (Gal 3:26)

We are coworkers in the field of God

(Luke 10:1-20)

Who do you work for?

In our respective work area, we get instructions and work on them

We are coworkers in the field of God

(Luke 10:1-20)

  • It is easier for an employee to find a job than for a company to find a reliable & trustful employee

  • Employees has the greatest impact on a company

  • A success of a company (house) depends heavily on its employees

  • reliable & trustful employee are a blessing to a company

  • Employee are ambassadors of their company

Employer & Employee relationship


God wants us to be productive employees in the field of God


Our Mission - Conclusion(Luke 10:1-20)

“But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition” (Matt 6.33)

Our Mission - Conclusion(Luke 10:1-20)

God will honor and reward those servants who spend their time working continually to further His kingdom. 

The faithful servant was blessed for doing his homework (Luke 12:41-44; Matthew 24:45-47; 25:21)

The unwise servant makes mistakes by neglecting his responsibilities  and gets punished (Luke 12:39-40; Matthew 24:42-44)

Our Mission - Conclusion(Luke 10:1-20)

St.Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, was Martyred in Rome 107 A.D. (Abib , 7)

St Paul and St Peter both were martyred in Rome by Nero (Abib/Hamle , 5)

20 to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. 1 Corinthians 9 : 20 – 23

You are the light of the world [people] - Mat 5:14-16

You are the salt of the earth [people] - Mat 5:13 May God grace us to be faithful servants

Glory Be To God Forever, Amen!

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