Christ-Like Evangelism – Mark 6:6b-13 (pt. 3)

V. Christ-like Evangelism Proclaims the Message of Christ (v. 12)

The first characteristic of Christ-like evangelism is that it imitates the example of Christ.  The second characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism obeys the commission of Christ.  The third characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism depends upon the authority of Christ.  The fourth characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism trusts in the provision of Christ.  This fifth characteristic is the Christ-like evangelism proclaims the message of Christ. We see this in v. 12 where it says, “So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.”  In this verse we see not only that the disciples obeyed the commission of Christ, but we also see that exactly what they were proclaiming.  They were proclaiming the same thing that Jesus was teaching, specifically that people need to repent.

The importance of repentance had been a major theme of Jesus preaching (1:14-15) up to this point, and it would continue to be an important theme as He continued to minister.  The message of repentance is important because we are sinners, and because we cannot be saved unless we repent.  Jesus put it this way in Luke 13:3, “unless you repent, you all likewise will perish.”  Later on the apostle Paul put continues this message of repentance Acts 17:30-31:

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

This was also the message of the disciples.  They were proclaiming the need for repentance just like Jesus did.  And this is the message that we need to be proclaiming.  It is not always easy to tell someone that they need to repent.  But if they do not hear this message then they will perish.  We must remember this, and we must be faithful to proclaim the message of Christ.  If we do this, the benefits will far outweigh the intimidation that we feel about “proclaiming repentance.”  For as Jesus said in Luke 15:10, “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  With this in mind, Christ-like evangelism proclaims the message of Christ.

VI. Christ-like Evangelism Accomplishes the Will of Christ (v. 13)

The first characteristic of Christ-like evangelism is that it imitates the example of Christ.  The second characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism obeys the commission of Christ.  The third characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism depends upon the authority of Christ.  The fourth characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism trusts in the provision of Christ.  This fifth characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism proclaims the message of Christ.  The sixth, and final, characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism accomplishes the will of Christ. We see this in v. 13 where it says, “And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.”

Here we see that when the disciples went out and did Christ-like evangelism they accomplished exactly what Jesus had intended for them.  Because they imitated the example of Christ, obeyed the commission of Christ, depended on the authority of Christ, trusted in the provision of Christ, and proclaimed the message of Christ they were able to accomplish exactly what Jesus wanted them to accomplish.  Their mission was a success.  This does not mean that everyone who heard them believed in Jesus.  Remember, Jesus was preparing them to be rejected.  However, it does mean that they remained faithful to their task.  And this is exactly what Jesus is looking for from us.

If we engage in Christ-like evangelism we will accomplish the will of Christ.  Not everyone will believe the message that we are proclaiming.  In fact, most people will not!  But that is ok because ultimately the results of evangelism are in God’s hand.  All that God is looking for out of us is that we be faithful to the work He has called us to do.  If we do this we have the opportunity to do great things.  In fact, John 14:12 Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”   How could this be possible?  I don’t see anyone doing anything that is greater than what Jesus did.  So what does Jesus mean? [ILL: A surgeon talking someone through an operation over the radio.]  As Kent Hughes puts it, “In this way the apostles, the Church, and we Christians today can do “greater works”—not because they are greater than Jesus’ works, but because we are frail human instruments. Knowing who we are, it is amazing he uses us at all!”[1] Christ-like evangelism allows God to do great things through us; things that are so great that the effects will last for all of eternity.  The disciples experienced this first hand when Jesus sent them out, and so can we.  All because Christ-like evangelism accomplishes the will of Christ.

Conclusion:

As we examine the world around us there are so many languages that need the bible, and so many people groups who are still unreached, and so many reached people who have no idea what the gospel really is.  The need for evangelism is just as great as it was when Jesus sent out the 12 disciples.  This is why Jesus has commissioned us as Christians to do the work of evangelism.  But he has not left us on our own.  In this passage we have six characteristics of Christ-like evangelism that serve as guiding principles for us to follow.  The first characteristic of Christ-like evangelism is that it imitates the example of Christ.  The second characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism obeys the commission of Christ.  The third characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism depends upon the authority of Christ.  The fourth characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism trusts in the provision of Christ.  This fifth characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism proclaims the message of Christ.  The sixth, and final, characteristic is that Christ-like evangelism accomplishes the will of Christ.


[1]R. Kent Hughes, Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior, Preaching the Word (Westchester, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1989), 137.

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