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God did not want His church to sit back and wait for people to come to them

The Search Party
A Sending Church – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Acts 13:1-12

Key Verse: Acts 13:2

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.”

The early church was a gathering of the earliest believing Jews.  God had used the Apostle Peter as the central focus of this evangelizing of God’s Jewish nation.  In our scripture for today we see that a group of believers had gathered for worship, which included fasting.  In the midst of their worship, the Holy Spirit moved upon them and said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (vs. 2).

God was once again at the business of seeking people who were far from Him.  He moved on these believers so clearly that they knew they were to be a sending church.  In other words, God did not want His church to sit back and wait for people to come to them.  The church was to send out a search party for lost people.  Barnabas and Saul (better known as Paul) were to go into their world proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.  They were sent to the Gentile world.  Think of the significance of this, especially for the Apostle Paul.  He was raised a strict Jew, from the elite tribe of Benjamin; schooled by the best of the best.  He was Jewish to the bone, yet God picked him to go to the Gentiles and convince these once hated pagans that God loved them.  He was the one to open the door of salvation that the Jewish people were so opposed to.  (Continued)

Father, move upon me as you moved upon the early believers.  Show me fresh revelations of your truth according to your will.  In Jesus’ name, amen.