Today’s theme calls us to share the baton of world evangelization locally. To effectively accomplish our mission, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel,” we must deepen our understanding of “preach.” Mark 16:15
Kerusso, the word used in Mark 16:15 means “to cry or proclaim as a herald.” A herald is an official messenger bringing news. Kerusso refers to preaching the Gospel as the authoritative (binding) word of God, bringing eternal accountability to all who hear it.
In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus indicates one of the purposes of His ministry is “to cry or proclaim as a herald.”
1. The promises of God made in the OT have now been fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Acts 2:30; 3:19, 24, 10:43; 26:6-7, 22
2. Jesus was anointed by God at his baptism as Messiah. Acts 10:38
3. Jesus began his ministry in Galilee after his baptism. Acts 10:37
4. He conducted a beneficent ministry, doing good and performing mighty works by the power of God. Mk 10:45; Acts 2:22; 10:38
5. The Messiah was crucified according to the purpose of God. Mk 10:45
6. He was raised from the dead and appeared to his disciples. Acts 2:24, 31-32;
7. Jesus was exalted by God and given the name “Lord.” Acts 2:25-29, 33-36;
8. He gave the Holy Spirit to form the new community of God. Ac 1:8; 2:14-18, 33, 38-39
9. He will come again for judgment and the restoration of all things. Ac 3:20-21; 10:42; 17:31; 1Co 15:20-28; 1Th 1:10
10. All who hear the message should repent and be baptized. Acts 2:21, 38; 3:19
We are to proclaim as a herald, in the entire world, the complete kerygma.
Four points of the kerygma we can do today. Our ministries can be anointed by God (2), effectively launched (3), and characterized by invitations to repent and be baptized (10).
Today’s emphasis is on the fourth point of the kerygma – conducting a beneficent (beneficial) ministry, doing good and performing mighty works by the power of God (4).
Beneficent is doing or producing good by performing acts of kindness and charity.
Notice the recipients of Jesus’ heralding of Luke 4:18-19.
1. The poor. 2. The captives. 3. The blind. 4. The oppressed.
LIFE Group Home Work
Looking back on your notes from Pastor Kent’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
Listen – My Story
1. Has someone blessed you with an act of kindness or charity that lifted your heart towards God?
2. Do you remember the “herald” who first told you the Good News? Who? When?
Learn – Dig Deeper
1. James 2:14-18 communicates the inter-relatedness of faith and works. Do you think it is fair to say that “preaching without works is dead?”
2. In last week’s study we learned about a global anointing for ministry. Acts 10:38 shows an anointing for Jesus to go about “doing good.” Do you feel that you are anointed to care for child sponsorships in Burkina Faso, the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter, The Mobile Food Pantry, and School/Business Sponsorships? Why or why not?
3. Review the ten points of the kerygma. Which one, when you are “heralding,” is the easiest for you to proclaim? Which one is the most difficult for you?
4. In Luke 4:18, 19 Jesus’ chosen audience is comprised of the poor, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed. How comfortable are you with “heralding” the Good News to these audiences? How often do you seek out these audiences? Consider James 1:27. How often do you intentionally “herald” to orphans and widows?
Live – Taking It Home
1. Have you obeyed the kerygma by repenting of sin and being baptized in water? You can repent today and prepare for Water Baptism too. If you would like to be baptized, please tell your LIFE Group facilitator.
2. When your LIFE Group is scheduled for a group act of service, will you commit to participating?
Lift – Prayer
1. Please pray for the Burger family as they grieve the death of their daughter, sister, and mother.
2. Please pray for the Global Outreach Auction and Dessert Gala (Friday evening).
3. Please pray for Pascaline as she returns home to provide education to Burkinabe children.