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Rob Carter’s sermon on “Preparing the Way for the Lord – Luke 10: 1-20 held important truths for those of us who are called to share the Gospel.
Here is one quote from the sermon outline: “When rejected, walk away vs.10-11 – walk away, but the message is the same for those who accept or reject Christ. “The Kingdom of God has come near.”
Principle: We must be prepared to handle rejection.
Are you a new Christian? Or have you been following the Lord for some time now? Perhaps you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior, but you are curious about the Christian faith and are thinking about making a commitment.
Wherever you are in your faith, you have probably experienced some kind of rejection in life. Being a human being usually means not enjoying rejection from our friends, family, community or co-workers.
However, when following the Lord, we should be prepared to experience some rejection. The Gospel of Jesus does not always parallel the way of the rest of the world, but it is the highest “Way” in the universe. And although the rest of the world may not accept us as we espouse the correct values and very laws of God, we are filled with Peace because when we follow Jesus, we follow Peace Himself.
Question for discussion: Have you ever been rejected for following the Gospel, preaching the Gospel, or simply having a different opinion from others? Discuss this (perhaps) uncomfortable situation and how you understood what was happening (group dynamics, interpersonal communication, the physical and spiritual aspects of what was or is happening). How did the issue resolve?