“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Following Jesus is a full-time occupation, and the demands of the kingdom supersede all earthly loyalties. To be a disciple of Jesus involves being sent out as laborers into the harvest—proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God and making disciples of all nations. However, we will often be met with opposition, with rejection, and even violent persecution; Jesus explained to the seventy-two that he was sending them out “as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3). In this sermon, Pastor Dave show us that whether our kingdom mission is met with success or failure, we are to ultimately rejoice that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:30; Heb. 12:23; Rev. 3:5).
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