Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022 | Lesson 21 || Jesus Sends Out The Twelve
Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022
Youth STS LESSON 21 | Jesus Sends Out The Twelve
TOPIC: JESUS SENDS OUT THE TWELVE
MEMORY VERSE: “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1).
Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022 MESSAGE
In our text this week, Jesus Christ called His twelve disciples to a great duty of preaching the gospel. Likewise, Jesus has chosen every born again youth today to go and preach the gospel to everyone. While sending them forth to preach, He also gave them the power and authority to heal the sick and deliver those who were oppressed. Jesus told them that they would be persecuted, but assured them of the assistance of the Holy Spirit for comfort and strength. He encouraged them not to fear whatever may confront them. Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022
Question 1: What qualification must be found in those who are to preach the gospel today?
The disciples’ prompt response to Christ’s mandate is very instructive to born again youths today. They are expected to urgently take the gospel message to sinners around them. Delay can be very dangerous. Great rewards await youths who promptly and passionately respond to the preaching of the gospel.
CHRIST’S MANDATE TO THE REDEEMED (Matthew 10:1-15; Luke 9:1-5; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; 2 Timothy 4:1,2)
“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10: 1, 7). From the passage above, Christ’s mandate to all saved youths is very clear and unmistakable. They are to “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
This mandate is the ultimate reason believers are still living on earth after their conversion experience. Christian youths are to note that this assignment demands urgency. “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022
Question 2: What is Christ’s mandate to believers to today?
As Christian youths, we are charged to go and preach to all the people around them with no exception. We are to pray for power to preach effectively.
Question 3: What is the importance of the Holy Spirit baptism in preaching the gospel?
The power of the Holy Spirit makes our preaching to be effective. The Holy Spirit brings conviction on sinners, and leads them to conversion. Due to their limited experience and level of spiritual maturity, Christ limited the outreach of His disciples to the lost sheep of Israel. We learn here that God will never give us an assignment beyond His grace in our lives.
Christian youths must pray for more grace in order for God to increase the coasts of their usefulness in life and ministry. They were contented with the limited assignment given to them by the Master. At the appropriate time as recorded in Acts 1:8, the Lord gave them an unlimited mandate to reach the Whole world. Obedience in small matters brings great blessings.
CHRIST PREDICTS THE PERSECUTION OF DISCIPLES (Matthew 10:16-39; Luke 9:6-12; John 16:33; 15:20)
“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” (Matthew 10:25). Jesus told His disciples that they would face persecution. However, He gave them the assurance that they would overcome.
The earlier apostles were threatened, scourged, imprisoned but they were not discouraged. They kept on preaching the gospel. Our Lord Jesus expects us to apply wisdom when we go out to preach by: one, when we meet oppositions, we must obey the injunction of the Lord. He said, “But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come” (Matthew 10:23).
Two, youths of the same gender should go out to preach in groups. Three, youths should not go to preach in questionable places. Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022
Question 4a: Mention some biblical characters who suffered for the truth.
4b: What should be the attitude of Christian youths during persecution?
We should not recoil or retreat when we are faced with persecution. We should not resort to self-pity, but must rejoice and be glad because we are partakers of Christ’s sufferings. Christian youths are therefore, enjoined to continue to preach the gospel, no matter the level of persecution or suffering they are exposed to. In fulfilment of His prophecy, the early apostles were persecuted by the high priests, Sadducees and Pharisees. Yet, they were not deterred.
Peter was imprisoned, and Paul and Silas were also jailed in Philippi (Acts 5: 17, 18; 7:.54-60; 12:3,4; 16:25). They were able to stand because Christ prepared their minds earlier for the persecution. He preached the whole truth to them. The truth they learnt from Christ made them strong and steadfast in the faith even in the midst of danger.
CHRIST’S REWARDS TO HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS (Matthew 10:40-42; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 6:10; Luke 19: 16, 17; Matthew 25:20,21; Luke 12:42-44)
“And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere” (Luke 9:6, 10). The response of Christ’s disciples to the mandate He gave them to preach the gospel was quite inspiring. They urgently responded to the mandate and touched every nook and cranny of every town and village around them with the gospel message.
Christian youths should also emulate this attitude by promptly and passionately taking the gospel to all and sundry. We should not delay in reaching the lost for Christ. The Lord who worked with the disciples of old has not changed. He also promised to work with us. Therefore, as we go out and preach the gospel, the rewards are great. Youth DCLM Search the Scripture 22 May 2022
Question 5: What are the rewards awaiting those who faithfully respond to the preaching of the gospel today?
The joy of seeing souls saved should encourage every believer to put all efforts towards preaching the gospel. When we faithfully engage in obeying the Lord’s command to preach, there are many blessings the Lord has promised us while we are here on earth and when we get to heaven.
- One, we have our prayers answered (John 15:16).
- Two, we have the joy of obeying the Lord (Psalm 40:8).
- Three, we will not suffer the same fate with unbelievers (Luke 12:46).
- Four, our lives are strengthened by the gospel we preached because we will receive spiritual purging (John 15:3).
- Five, we will receive the Master’s welcome and well-done when we see His face (Matthew 25:34).
- Six, crown of righteousness awaits us (2 Timothy 4:8).
- Seven, becoming pillar in God’s temple (Revelation 3:12).
- Eight, we have power over nations (Revelation 2:26).
- Nine, sitting together on the throne with Christ in His kingdom (Revelation 3:21).
- Ten, starry crown await us when we get to heaven (2 Timothy 4:8).
- Eleven, we shall shine like the brightness of the firmament (Daniel 12:3).
There is no effort no matter how great or small that will go unnoticed and unrewarded by the Lord. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:10-12).
The Lord has given every member in the church the same opportunity as the disciples to labour for souls and receive rewards. At the end of our faithful service to the Lord here on earth, He has promised us uncountable rewards. Wise youths must therefore, arise and preach the gospel now.
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