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Read Mark 6:1-13


Read Mark 6:1-13

6  Jesus left that place and went back to his home town, followed by his disciples. 2On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. Many people were there; and when they heard him, they were all amazed. “Where did he get all this?” they asked. “What wisdom is this that has been given him? How does he perform miracles? 3Isn’t he the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters living here?” And so they rejected him.
4 Jesus said to them, “Prophets are respected everywhere except in their own home town and by their relatives and their family.”
5 He was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6He was greatly surprised, because the people did not have faith.
Then Jesus went to the villages round there, teaching the people. 7He called the twelve disciples together and sent them out two by two. He gave them authority over the evil spirits 8and ordered them, “Don’t take anything with you on your journey except a stick—no bread, no beggar’s bag, no money in your pockets. 9Wear sandals, but don’t carry an extra shirt.” 10He also said, “Wherever you are welcomed, stay in the same house until you leave that place. 11If you come to a town where people do not welcome you or will not listen to you, leave it and shake the dust off your feet. That will be a warning to them!”
12 So they went out and preached that people should turn away from their sins. 13They drove out many demons, and rubbed olive oil on many sick people and healed them.

Think

This passage is the beginning of the realisation that Jesus ministry will not stop with him; but will continue through his disciples.  You have a ministry; Jesus authorises you, empowers you and sends you to work for his Kingdom.

Pray

Lord help me to minister to the world in your strength and power.

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