Tonight, we take a long, hard look at the compassion of Jesus, as noted at the end of Matt 9. We look for the differences between what it means to sympathize with a person and what it means to express compassion toward them, as a response to their situation and what’s going on in their life. We also take up the issue of authority, as invested in the 12 in Matt 10, what that looks like, what has to happen for us to receive authority, and then how we go about learning to wield that authority in our culture and our world. We look at what needs to happen for us to get involved in ministry, touching our lost and dying and broken world with the love of God through Jesus, right where we are. Right here. Right now.