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:
- 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.”
- 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.
- The Individuals on Mission : Saul and Barnabas – the church focuses on the will of God and willingly sent out Saul and Barnabas.
- The Implications for Us –
- the idea of missions is not a program like youth ministry or Sunday School; it is the work of the church
- the Scriptural paradigm is that it isn’t the church that supports the missions, but the missionaries that support the church.
- 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.
- 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.
- parents must be willing to support their children whom God has chosen to send.
- 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?