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Why Missions?

10/13/19

Pastor Ben

Acts 13:4 ESV

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit...



Missions Means More:

I. More Focus

(Isaiah 58:6-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21, 2 Peter 2:19-21)


Acts 13:1 ESV

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.


Acts 13:2 ESV

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."

Missions Means More:

II. More Power

(Isaiah 61:1-3, Matthew 10:5-8, Mark 16:15-18)


Acts 13:3 ESV

Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on Saul and Barnabus and sent them off.


Acts 13:4 ESV

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.


Acts 13:6-12 ESV

When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.


But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time."


Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.


Acts 14:3 ESV

So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Missions Means More:

III. More Money

(Isaiah 60:16-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Philippians 4:15-19)


Acts 16:11-15 ESV

“So, setting sail...to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.


And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God.


The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.”