Summary: All throughout the Bible God sent men to preach His word. He sent them out then and sends us out today for the same purpose: to point to the Sent-One, Jesus Christ.
1. A. Read Mark 9:1-9 and then go back and read verse 1 and 2 again. What do you see happening in these first two verses?
B. Discuss what you, as a follower of Christ, have been called to.
C. The gospels and the book of Acts speak to our commissioning. In whose power do we go out? Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-49, Acts 1:7-8
2. A. What does Jesus do in Luke 9:2?
B. What does Luke 9:2 reveal about what God is like? Psalm 105:17, Exodus 3:9-10, John 1:6
C. What was Jesus’ attitude toward being sent? What about you? John 4:34, Luke 22:42
3. A. What did Jesus give the twelve as He sent them out? Luke 9:1
B. What have we seen Jesus have all through the book of Luke? Luke 4:32-41, 5:4, 6, 12-13, 15
C. Why and by what authority did Jesus come down from heaven? Matthew 28:18, Mark 10:45, John 10:17-18, 19:10-11, I John 4:10
4. A. What were the twelve sent out to do? Luke 9:2-6
B. What happened when “the word of God came to John?” What did Jesus do as He began His ministry? Luke 3:3, 4:14-15
C. What can be said about the proclamation of the Gospel? Luke 4:43, I Corinthians 1:21-24
5. What can be said about God’s character, Jesus’ character, as He sends them out to heal? Luke 7:13-14
6. What are they told in Luke 9:3 and what does Jesus say about it later? Luke 22:35-36
7. A. As we go out to preach the gospel, what do we need to be ready for? Luke 9:4-5
B. What does scripture say about those that are sent? Luke 10:7, I Timothy 5:18
C. How serious is rejection of the gospel? Luke 9:5, 10:10-12
8. A. Of what is Herod the tetrarch a prominent example? Luke 9:7-9, Mark 6:14-16
B. How does Jesus react to Herod? Luke 13:31-32, 23:7-12
C. What does this account tell you about Herod and other Christ rejecters? Luke 23:12
We are sent, just like these ordinary men. God sent His Son to die for us and He sent His Spirit to live in us. We have the Holy Spirit. We need to be mindful that our power and authority come from Him. We need to go in His power and authority, just like the twelve needed to. He granted the Gospel to us, with power and authority. We can say with His authority, that if you respond to Jesus Christ, if you repent and believe in the Lord Jesus, your sins are forgiven. With the same authority, if you reject the Gospel, you are still in your sins. This is the Gospel we proclaim. Lastly, note that Herod asked the right question: “Who is this man?” John 20:21-23, Luke 9:9, 18-20