The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
Initially, Jesus invited disciples to watch and listen to him. Then, he invited them to serve with him. The below passage demonstrates the next stage of discipleship.
Excerpt from the Gospel Reading
Mark 6:7 And he (Jesus) called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. (ESV)
Sharing your Faith
- Why did Jesus send the disciples without bread or bags or money?
- Compare God sending you into your vocation with Jesus sending out the disciples.
- Share about a time when God’s people provided comfort to you.
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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This devotion is for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, following the LCMS three-year lectionary. You can download a free copy of all the 2017-2018 Conversations about Faith & Life devotions on the Resources page.