Preparation for Short-Term Teams, Part 6

Lambs Among Wolves, Luke 10:1-16

On your short-term trip, you may be sent as a lamb into wolf-infested places. And the wolves may be winning. Take a moment to reflect on this poem by Amy Carmichael.

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot or side or hand
I see thee sung as mighty in the land
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers
Spent
Leaned me against a tree to die
I swooned
And was rent by ravening beasts that compassed me
Hast thou no wound?

No wound, no scar?
Yet as the Master, so must the servant be
And pierced are the feet that follow me
But thine are whole.

Can he have followed far who has no wound or scar?

“I am sending you out like lambs in the midst of wolves.” Those are the words Jesus spoke to his disciples directly before their short-term mission.

Write a Letter

Write a letter to Jesus reflecting on some of the fears you have as you follow your master out of the familiar and into the unknown.

Read Luke 10:1-16

  1. The passage begins, “After this…” After what? Why is what precedes this important?
  2. Why do you think Jesus didn't send the disciples out one by one? They could have covered more ground. What might be challenging about working in pairs?
  3. What is the very first instruction Luke records Jesus giving? Do it.
  4. Once again we see Jesus giving his disciples a reverse packing list. Think again about what you will be packing today and make any adjustments you feel Jesus wants you to make.
  5. What are some principles in verse 7 that you would like to embrace this summer?
  6. How had the Kingdom of God come near? What was the vehicle through which the Kingdom had come?
  7. How ‘near’ do you want to get to the people to whom you are going? If the Lord does not give you the gift of healing, can you still bring the Kingdom of God near? How?
  8. Does God judge individuals or cities? Explain your answer.
  9. Who, ultimately, is rejected or listened to when the laborers bring the Kingdom near?

Application

Spend some time in stillness before Jesus, listening to anything he may want to say to you.

More studies in the series

  1. Letting Go
  2. Transformation to Serve
  3. The Struggle of Association
  4. The Full Picture
  5. Greatness of God
  6. Lambs Among Wolves

Adapted from "Orientation Bible Studies," by Scott Bessenecker, Director, Global Urban Trek, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, 2001.

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