August 19 - The Church is Sent (Acts 13:1-5)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions that Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching through the book of Revelation in the Adult 1 classroom.
13 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend 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. 4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.
We close off our series from the book of Acts by looking at one of the most significant moments in church history. The flourishing church in Antioch, by command of the Holy Spirit, sends Barnabas and Saul on their first missionary journey. Jesus’ promise in Acts 1:8 is coming to fruition. The gospel will soon spread throughout the entire Mediterranean basin and beyond. We see that the worshipping church is a witnessing church, and therefore a sending church. We are invited to take up this call not only globally, but locally, for the glory of God.
Review and Apply
What is the connection between worship and missions?
Can you think of a time when your delight in God spilled over into evangelism?
Who could you begin strategically praying for, that God might open a door for you to share the gospel with?
How might you support and encourage the missionaries from our own church?