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SERMON: August 26th, 2018 “Antioch – A Sending Church”

Jack Knight
August 27, 2018

SERMON: August 26th, 2018 “Antioch – A Sending Church”

Acts 13:1-5 makes the  beginning of the first missionary journey and satisfaction of the call Jesus made in Acts 1:8 “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judaea, and Samaria”.  The conclusions we get from this Scripture are:

  1. The Impetus for Mission:   The Holy Spirit – Who spoke to these men to be “set apart” as in God’s call to Abram, “Go to the land I will show you”.  These men didn’t just go – they were sent.  John 3:16 “sent his one and only Son”; John 17:8 “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world; John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
  2. The Instrument of Mission:  The Church – the church was praying and fasting; as in Pentecost, when the church gathered to pray, worship and fast, the Holy Spirit shows up.
  3. The Individuals on Mission :  Saul and Barnabas – the church focuses on the will of God and willingly sent out Saul and Barnabas.
  4. The Implications for Us –
    1. the idea of missions is not a program like youth ministry or Sunday School; it is the work of the church
    2. the Scriptural paradigm is that it isn’t the church that supports the missions, but the missionaries that support the church.
    3. every person who is part of the body, the church, has a part to play in the mission of the church – God didn’t give the work of world evangelization to a few, but to the whole church.
    4. church leaders must pray and fast and take a proactive position to seek out those that God has raised up in the congregation for missions and boldly call the person to go – to send them.
    5. parents must be willing to support their children whom God has chosen to send.
    6. missions are the instrument of the church – then who will be the next to support the work that God has called the church to do?

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