Part of the PLANTED...In Community to Build Relationships series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
May 25, 2014
PLANTED. . . In Community to Build Relationships
The Church: Missional Community
Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3
Text: Acts 11:19-30
Text: Acts 13:1-3
Jesus died for the sins of all people (1 John 2:2).
God’s desire is for all people to know Him and be restored in relationship with Him (2 Peter 3:9).
The church is God’s primary instrument on earth for the establishment of His Kingdom.
The church is God’s primary instrument on earth for evangelism and mission.
The church, by nature, is a missional community.
The Holy Spirit is the best Missiologist!
The Gospel is expansive by nature. As we follow Jesus, we will be led by the Spirit to new frontiers in mission and ministry.
The Gospel also is transformative by nature. As we follow The Jesus Way, we are being shaped and changed together as the people of God.
19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul. (ESV)
13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (ESV)