Sunday’s Sermon Series – Lycanthropy

Luke 10:3 | Back of the Choir

Lycanthropy which is Greek, for Wolf and Man, may seem like a strange title for a sermon. But then again so was the statement from Jesus in Luke 10:3 (KJV) to His disciples “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” 


CONTEXT: 

In order to fully understand this verse and Chapter 10 which begins in v.1 with After these things the Lord… we must start back in Chapter 9. These opening words demand knowledge of what preceded them. After what things must be known.

A recap shows that:

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

Jesus Foretells His Death

Jesus says to follow Him you must Take Up Your Cross 

The Transfiguration Occurs 

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

Jesus tells of His Coming Death

The Disciples what to know Who Will be the Greatest?

A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus

The Cost of Following Jesus

So only after all these things happened did Jesus then v.1 appoint 72 more trusted disciples and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 

Why so many and why now? I think the initial clue lies first in all the happenings of Chapter 9. It is here that two keys to the ministry happen. First Take up your cross and the cost of following Jesus are made clear. Man can not be fooled into thinking that being a “Christian” never mind being part of a Christian ministry of any sort will be easy and without significant personal cost.

Secondly the Transfiguration without a doubt one of the most amazing and important events in history. Without it their is no Calvary, no propitiation for sins, no call from the Father Mathew 17:5 (ESV parallel verse) …behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 

Moving back to v.2 of Chapter 10 Jesus explains the immediate reason why now. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. There be a whole bunch of folks that need to hear what needs to be said, and not a lot of trustworthy folks to tell the story. The world will always be hostile to those share the Good News because it is an affront to their own self centered standard of goodness. That is why the the believer will  always venture out among wolves. 


SERMON: 

 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Luke 10:3

Lycanthropy, or, The Wolf Worrying the Lambs,

Thomas Adams (Luke 10:3)[pdf]


Parallel Verse Sermon

Sheep Among Wolves

By Charles Haddon Spurgeon Aug 19, 1877 Scripture: Matthew 10:16 Sermon No. 1,370 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 23

Sunday Sermon Series – Love That Can Hate

Image may contain: textRomans 12:9-10

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which Is evil; cleave to that which is
good. In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in
honour preferring one another. (ASV) 

El amor sea sin fingimiento. Aborreced lo malo, seguid lo bueno. 10 Amaos los unos a los otros con amor fraternal; en cuanto a honra, prefiriéndoos los unos a los otros. (RVR 1960)


SERMON 

Love That Can Hate

Text: Romans 12:9-10 

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

(1826-1910)

This Scottish preacher was known as the ‘Prince of Expositors’ and “the supreme example of the Protestant expository preacher.” He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a merchant and lay preacher.  The family moved to Edinburgh, where as a 12 year old, MacLaren accepted Christ and was publicly baptized. He was educated at Glasgow University and Stepney College, a Baptist college in London. He became thoroughly grounded in Greek and Hebrew and learned to study the Bible in the original languages. This laid the foundation for his distinctive work as an expositor and for the biblical content of his preaching. He became a much sought after preacher and accepted the pastorate at Union Chapel in Manchester in 1858.  He was the pastor there for 45 years until 1903. His emphasis on exegeting the text was a lifelong hallmark.  He refused many preaching engagements in order to further his studies in the Word and was fundamental is his doctrine, never veering off the path of the historic truths.  He usually preached about 40 minutes, his voice strong and diction clear, his Scottish brogue making his words musical and penetrating. Almost always dividing his text into three parts, Robertson Nicoll said he served the Bread of Life “on a three pronged fork.”  He was a preacher who loved his craft, saying,  “I cannot ever recall any hesitation as to being a minister. It  just had to be.”  Along with Spurgeon, his sermons are the most read of the 19th century.  He was truly a man that today’s preacher would do well to study and emulate.