Antioch: Key to evangelisation

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A largely Gentile church in the fourth largest city in the Mediterranean world, destined by God to spread the gospel to the western Mediterranean.  It’s cluster of small congregations called “house churches” was so dynamic that Barnabas, sent from Jerusalem to aid in its ministry, sought out Paul, who had the vigor and ability needed to help him establish new converts.  This church was noteworthy as a cosmopolitan, evangelistic, well taught, and outstandingly generous company of the Lord’s people – and yet —

Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”, Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”  So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus.  There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.          Acts 13:1-5

The Holy Spirit led them to take an unprecedented decisive step.  They organised what we would call today, foreign mission.

From this time on, the Apostle Paul’s missionary methodology was an expression of the activities of the apostolic band.  Their sequence of activities were as follows —

  • Making Disciples: The Fruit of Proclaiming the Good News
  • Nurturing Disciples: The Emphasis on Spiritual Growth
  • Organizing Disciples: the Provision of Spiritual Leadership
  • Entrusting Disciples: The Commitment to God’s Care

After their first missionary journey was completed the members sailed to Antioch and —

… they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too. – Acts 14:27

 

 

 

 

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