Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WEEK 40 - New Appointment: Jesus Is Calling Your Name Now! (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Mission Accomplished!

This blog is to help small groups to have an intimate personal relationship with Jesus
for 40 weeks 
in order 
to break addiction of any kind and 
to build a lifestyle of Christlikeness.

After this period, you may go to the Evangelist 123 blog for your continuation of having a daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus and 
to recommend this blog to more people and can start Day 1 on any day. 

Today's Reading: Matthew 10:1-4

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Bible Study
     Mission accomplished! 
     Today we come to the life changing moment of Jesus' disciples. There were more than twelve following Jesus since Jesus started His Kingdom ministry when He says:

     Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.       Matthew 4:17

     The past 40 weeks is a time for you to be with Jesus just like those disciples following him daily. And, today is the time that Jesus called 12 out of many to be His apostles. He gave them authority to do what He was doing.

     It is somewhat like an instructor in a driving school has 40 lessons with his student. He passed the driving examination after that 40 lessons and he gets his license today. Then, he will be on his own from now on.

     The difference is that Jesus can be with His disciples any time and any where. That's how He promised His eleven apostles on the day He went up to heaven. That day, the day of Ascension, Jesus gives the most important command to His apostles and to each one of us:

     “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
                                                              Matthew 28:18-20

     So, what is the difference with today's passage and the message in Matthew 28: 18-20. Well, quite a lot of difference:
1. There were 12 in today's passage but only 11 in Matthew 28. Judah killed himself!
2. Today's passage was a kind of practicum and Matthew 28 is the real thing. They were really on their own.
3. Both passages they received Jesus authority to do the Kingdom ministry Jesus demonstrated to them.
4. In Matthew 28, the apostles experienced the dying and rising of Jesus. 

    Jesus called His apostles and gave them authority. What about you? Is Jesus saying something to you now? 

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

Spiritual Journal

     The topic I received from Jesus today is : 
     New appointment: Jesus is calling your name now!

      I was called by Jesus to write the 40 days of Break.Build blog/podcast on March 31, 2013, then this Emmanuel 330 tailor-made for our restaurant church (Emmanuel 330, every Wednesday 3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m. at Empress Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Richmond, B.C., Canada) on June 7, 2013 for 40 weeks with Bible study questions. The timing to start the Break.Build s very unusual and I do not think that is a coincidence. This blog/podcast started on Easter Sunday and completed on Ascension Day.

    I deeply believe that Jesus is calling you now to appoint you as His apostles to send you out to do His Kingdom work. Apostle does not necessary means a bishop. You do not need to be a bishop to do His apostolic ministry. The meaning of the word apostle in Greek is:

The word apostle is taken from the common Greek word apostolos. This word literally means “one sent forth.” Apo literally means “from,” and stolos comes from stello, which means “I send.” Within the New Testament and in other classical Greek literature, apostolos has the simple meaning of “one sent as representative of another,” the representative deriving his authority and power from the one sending him. This simple definition is the root of the meaning of apostle.  

     So, Jesus is calling you now asking you if you are willing to be sent out by Him to do His Kingdom ministry. The most important thing you have to do after follow the 40 days of Break.Build or the past 40 weeks of Emmanuel 330 is to get two more people to be together for 40 days, teaching them and being with them to start this most difficult but most important daily spiritual journey with Jesus. Every Christian knows that having daily devotion is basic but 90% of Christians are not having daily devotion.

     Jesus is calling your name now. Are you willing to accept His new appointment to you to be a mentor to help more people to use this 40 days of Break.Build to start their daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus. After that, you can follow my Evangelist123 for a continuous daily devotion.

    Jesus is calling your name now! Your name! Can you hear that? 
Dear Lord Jesus,
      Lead us to be willing to accept your new appointment to us. Help us to know it not a difficult job, just to constantly help two people to start a daily intimate personal relationship with you through this 40 days of Break.Build. Help us to know that you have given us the authority to do it and to do other Kingdom ministries you appoint us to do.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.  

Questions for group discussion

New Appointment: Jesus is calling your name now 
新的任命: 耶穌現在呼喚你

Passage: Matthew 10:1-4

Questions for group leaders
1. Read Matthew 10:1-4 again now. How is this passage relate to you today?

2. Jesus called His apostles and gave them authority. What about you? Do you think you can receive His authority to you today just like 2,000 years ago?

3.  How do you think of this new appointment? Do you think Jesus is really calling you now? Do you think you are willing to accept this new appointment? Do you think you can do that? 

4. What is your highlight in today’s session? 

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