Sending the Twelve: Mark 6:7-13
“7) And He *summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8) and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt— 9) but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.” 10) And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. 11) Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” 12) They went out and preached that men should repent. 13) And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.” Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭7‬-‭13‬ ‭
This is the condensed version of Jesus sending out the twelve to do ministry. Jesus wanted them to learn how to live by faith.
He wanted them to preach the simple gospel, call people to repentance, cast out demons and anoint many sick people with oil and heal them.
I confess, this is not how I learned to do ministry. The training Jesus gave His disciples was way to radical to be taught at my Bible College. We were taught a more rational and systematic approach. We got natural results and turned out carnal believers.
The training Jesus gave His disciple was on par with Paul’s approach in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. He wanted people to develop a dynamic faith that was rooted in the power of God! The modern church turns out a static faith rooted in the wisdom of man.
As I travel the world, I am discovering that many Christians are following the simple approach Jesus taught His disciples here and in Matthew 10. Not surprisingly, they are seeing the same results and witnessing profound conversions.
I am not going to elaborate on this text, except to say the church in the book of Acts followed this instruction by Jesus. They saw dramatic conversions and produced disciples of dynamic faith.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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