Acts 13:44: Read this verse and then consider this: How many times do
we try every week to get Americans to go to church every Sunday?
Those who choose not to go to church judge themselves unworthy to attend.
Just as Paul and Barnabas offered salvation to the
Gentiles (the rest of the world) because God's chosen people, the Jews, were not interested,
U.S. missionaries are turning to people who are hungry for the Word and will hear it--the
Chinese, Mongolians, etc.
June 25th, 2000, Sunday Evening
"To the ends of the earth"
(Special Guest Speaker: Brother Hugh Taylor)
Church is more than receiving God's Word--its equipping to give it
OPENING: Acts 13:14-15, KJV
Acts 13:47: God isn't just talking to Paul and Barnabas. This is
a charge for all man that we should be a light to a dark and lost world.
Isaiah 49:6: Again, the Lord said he will provide the light that
we may shine (take the Word of God) "to the ends of the earth."
WHAT DOES CARRYING GOD'S MESSAGE TO THE END OF THE EARTH MEAN?
- #1 OF 3: IT'S A UNIVERSAL COMMAND
- The Lord has commanded us to do this
- 1 Corinthians 11:1
- Galatians 1:11-12
- Philippians 4:9
- If you're saved, your body doesn't belong to you. It belongs to Jesus Christ
because he paid the price for it.
- We must carrying the light to ends of this world
- Ephesians 5:8
- Philippians 2:15
- 2 Timothy 1:8-9 (imagine this verse saying we were tasked this before the world
- So the question to you is: To which end of the earth does the Lord want you
- Romans 15:20: Paul just went where the gospel directed him--to
places that have not heard the Lord's name before.
- 2 Corinthians 10:16: Don't go where the Lord's name has been
heard or take credit for another preacher's work--you must transcend "regions."
- We (the people and pastor) don't call you to ministry. God (the church)
does that. Where and how you perform this mission is between you and God.
- #2 OF 3: UNDENIABLE CONSEQUENCES
- When you speak the Word of God, the listeners will either be glad or mad.
- Acts 13:48-49: When the Gentiles heard this newfound word, they
were happy and glorified the Word of God. They were so happy, they published the Word
throughout all the region.
- Acts 13:50: But this made the Jews jealous and mad and as a result,
they stirred up a rebellion that expelled Paul and Barnabas out of the city. This can be
compared to Communist China. If whatever you preach dishonors their city or their officials
they will stop your work and deport you.
- #3 OF 3: PERSECUTION
- Acts 13:51-52: What did Paul and Barnabas do as a result of their
expulsion? They did what you should do in that situation: don't look back and keep on
truckin' to the next area.
Ask yourself--when's the last time you were persecuted with a rock thrown at
you or a stoning? Chances are you've never been persecuted that bad for being a
Ask yourself--when's the last time you felt overwhelmed and filled with
the Holy Spirit? Perhaps we don't know such a level of joy because we don't know the
suffering. How does that make sense? Recall in Acts 13:52, as a result
of being persecuted and expelled from their area, Paul and Barnabas were "filled with
joy, and with the Holy Ghost."
Preaching the Word of God in a nice, plush, air conditioned church building
is totally opposite from doing the same in a stank smelling, dirty market place where
the fresh meat of the day hangs in the market with flies and foreign speaking natives
talk to you.
We enjoy and have become accustomed to the comforts of air conditioning,
western flush toilets, respect from peers, television, etc. But can you really experience
joy by suffering? The answer is yes. Consider these two examples:
- By knowing who suffered so we may have everlasting joy.
- After a hard workout at a gym.
Just like Paul and Barnabas who found joy in suffering for
Witnessing, the come-down-to-it question is: will you?