Today we continue in our journey through the Gospel of Luke by looking at Luke 10:1-16 where Jesus sends His disciples out again on a mission.

This passage defines who we are. If we have professed faith in Jesus Christ, then we are disciple-making disciples. That's who we are. And this passage is about that.

There are many things in this passage which speak directly to our calling as disciple-making disciples. And I'd like to look with you at this passage and especially ask five questions that are derived from Jesus' own emphasis in this section.

I. Pray For Disciples

First, notice in verse 2 that Jesus tells these disciples to "pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" and I have a question for you. Are you praying for laborers to go out into the harvest? Is that a standard prayer of yours? What excites your energy and your passions? Well one of the things that Jesus says excites the attention and the energy and the passion of His followers, of His disciples, is looking out at a field that is white for harvest and recognizing that there's not enough laborers to bring in that harvest.

Have you thought about the fact that west of the Mississippi, per several hundred thousand people, there is just one Bible-believing, Gospel-proclaiming congregation of any sort, per several hundred thousand people west of the Mississippi? Or have you thought about how hard the soil is up in New England and how difficult it is to plow there and have you been praying for laborers? Have you thought about the fact that even though there is an explosion of Christianity in the Global South. that there are millions and millions of people that have never heard the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and they've never heard the Gospel, and has that burdened you? And has it led you to pray for laborers to go out? Jesus says His disciples will pray for laborers to go out into the harvest. That ought to be one of the things that's burdening us, that we're passionate about, that's on our minds and that we're praying for. Have you prayed? Are you praying for laborers? There's the first question that I want to ask.

II. Go And Make Disciples Seconldy, He sends His disciples out into the highways and byways, in this case especially into the cities and towns of the surrounding region to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, to tell the surrounding villages that the kingdom of God is drawing near. But He's telling them that they are to be disciple-making disciples that they are to go out and proclaim His Word in order that others will follow Him.

And I want you ask you this question: is that how you view yourself? Do you view yourself as a disciple-making disciple? That's not just the job of ministers and missionaries. That's not just the job of campus ministers and church planters. In fact, what the ministers and elders of the church exist for is to equip you to do that job. That's not just our job. That's your job. We're here to equip you for that job. Is that how you view yourself? Do you view yourself as a disciple-making disciple?

III. Disciples Tell A Message

Third, notice verse 9. What's the message that they are to give? The message is, "the kingdom of God has come near to you." In Luke's teaching the kingdom of God is something that God does, not something that we do. It is not what the people of Israel were expecting, but it is good news that is being proclaimed that through the Messiah, God's kingdom and the promises that He made to His Old Testament people are being realized in their very presence and they are to respond to that good news in faith and trust in God through His Messiah. It is the rule and reign of God through Jesus Christ in people's hearts and lives and it's manifested by following Jesus and His teaching. And that's the message that they're given to go out and proclaim in the highways and byways.

And I want to ask you four questions in relation to that:

1. Do you understand the good news of the kingdom well enough to articulate it? The New Testament gives you all sorts of short synopses of that message: Romans 5:8, John 3:16, or 2 Corinthians 5:21. There are so many passages in which little Gospel nuggets are found, where the Gospel is summarized. Can you articulate the good news? If you're a disciple-making disciple, you ought to be able to articulate the good news, not just the professionals, not just the elders, not just the deacons, not just the ministers, not just the missionaries, not just the church planters, not just the campus ministers, but you. Every disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ ought to be able to articulate the good news of the kingdom.

2. Are you articulating it? Are you constantly thinking, "Where can I articulate the Gospel?" Is that woven into the fabric of your lives? If you're a disciple-making disciple you'll be thinking about that.

Next, look at verses 9 to 12. Jesus tells His disciples at the very outset that the response their message will be mixed. In other words, even if you're faithful in sharing my message, don't think that everybody's going to accept it. That's not our responsibility to affect the response. That's up to God. Our job is to be faithful in telling the good news, sharing the good news, seeking to make disciples. But in the end, God the Holy Spirit has to make the disciple. God the Holy Spirit has to draw a person savingly to Jesus Christ. Our job is to be faithful in declaring the Gospel and sharing that good news.

But let me ask you this question: 3. Do your lives show the evidence of the Gospel that you're called to proclaim to others? Is the kingdom of God evident in your life? Have your own lives having been changed by the Gospel? There's going to be an evidence in your life if you're truly a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, if you're a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. There's going to be an evidence in your life of the rule and reign of God that will confirm the Gospel that you're articulating and sharing.

And then finally, 4. do you realize the consequence of this? In verses 13 to 16, Jesus makes it clear that the consequences of either accepting or rejecting His teaching are eternal: "The one who listens to you listens to Me, the one who hears you hears Me, the one who rejects you rejects Me, and the one who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." Do you live life with that sense of the weightiness of your Gospel conversations with other people that lives hang in the balance?

As we've trusted on Jesus Christ He has accepted us as righteous, He has forgiven our sins, He has welcomed us into His family, and one of the reason why He's done this in order to make us disciple-making disciples. Are we doing so? May the Lord help us to do just that.