Recordings of recent messages from Monitor Bible Church.
Rural Ministry Outreach Sunday (Matthew 10:5-20)Tim Douglass, September 30, 2018
Part of the Other series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
This Sunday we are recognizing Rural Ministry Outreach with Village Missions. Seventy year ago Village Missions was founded with the goal of making sure that the Gospel would continue to be preached in the small towns and rural spaces across the U.S. There was, and still is, a very real danger that those places would be abandoned by the organized church and that the Word of God would no longer be heard there. The face of rural America is changing, but the principle of sending people into the small and ignored places to preach the Gospel is one that goes clear back to what Jesus did. He too sent preachers out to go where the good news needed to be heard.
Link to the Village Missions video mentioned: Hope to the Hopeless
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5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. 11And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (KJV)