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The 10:02 conspiracy. Do you know what it is? Do you want to join? Be careful because it puts you right in the line of fire...

Prayer is an absolutely vital part of participating in God's mission to the world, as is recognising the reality of the battle we are in. Jesus says in Luke 10:2-3, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Therefore, beg the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves...'

With these succinct verses, Jesus lays out the necessity of prayer and the reality of the battle.

This sermon dives into these two verses from Luke 10 and unpacks how they relate to us and to God's mission.

This sermon was preached on Sunday 26th August at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church.

It is designed to be used with the related Bible study to be found at this link

and the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link. (Note for the Prezi: this is an edited and updated version of last week's Prezi. Click through the path till you get to Luke 10:2, to synch with this week's sermon MP3).



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'It is not that the church of God has a mission in the world. It is that the God of mission has a church in the world.' This remarkable quote sets the scene for unfolding our calling as God's 'sent ones' - missionaries - who participate in God's self-giving love to the world. What does it look like to be part of God's mission in urban Melbourne (or elsewhere) in the twenty-first century?

This sermon begins to unfold God's plan for his people in mission, through drilling deeply into Luke 10:1, where Jesus sends out seventy-two 'ordinary' people. Luke 10 is a paradigm for mission not only in the early church but in the new millenium. In coming weeks the sermon series will dwell in this chapter and consider the graceful call and sending of Jesus as he unfolds it to the seventy-two (and to us!).

The sermon is designed to be used together with:

The sermon was preached at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church among the Lutheran Students and Friends community on Sunday August 19th, 2012.



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Matter matters.

Matter matters to God. Unfortunately, Christians and humans sometimes act as if matter doesn't matter, as if the soul and spirit are more important than the physical creation, including this planet and our own bodies.

All three members of the Holy Trinity are involved in creation and delighted in it. God seeks to redeem not just sinful people, but a sin-scarred cosmos. Since matter really matters, how should we then live? This sermon seeks to present why matter matters and how we as God's people can respond by stewarding and caring for creation.

This sermon is designed to be used with the bible study found at this link

and the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

This  sermon is number four in a four-part series on stewardship covering:

  • Finances and material possessions
  • Time
  • Talents and Spiritual Gifts
  • Creation - Care of God's earth

The sermon was preached on Sunday August 5, 2012, at St John's Lutheran Church Southgate.



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