Grace Community Church

Marks of True Mission

Given on August 28, 2022 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 9:36-10:15

As you look at this passage and others, what would you say motivated Jesus’ mission to “seek and to save the lost” (Lk 19:10)? As you observe the “crowds” of our culture, what is your typical emotional response? How can we increase our compassion for those who don’t yet know Jesus? Are Christians viewed as “compassionate” in our society today?
The world is a very broken place and the needs around us are “plentiful” – even overwhelming. How can we go about discerning which of those needs Jesus may be calling us to get involved with? What would you say is the difference between seeing a need and sensing Jesus’ call to meet that need?
If we are anything like the Galatians, it is easy to begin our work in dependence on the Spirit’s strength, yet quickly fall back to relying on our own efforts (Gal. 3:3). How can we determine whether we are laboring with Jesus’ authority/power or attempting to do what he has called us to do in our own strength?
Although the 12 apostles are unique and this mission is unique, do you think there are any principles here about sharing the good news with others that may be wise and applicable in our culture?