We concluded our study yesterday with these igniting words; “the word of God increased and multiplied” (12:24). The proof of that is in the next verse and chapter 13. The establishment of the Antioch church meant that it was now a ‘launching pad’, a sending church for the gospel to spread to the ends of the earth. The Holy Spirit sends out from Antioch two key men, Barnabas and Saul to an area of Asia Minor. The church is strengthened in faith and increases in numbers daily.
Acts 12:25 – 13:3 – John Mark is added to the team with Barnabas and Saul and they travel from Jerusalem to Antioch. “While they were worshipping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said; “___ _____ for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (13:2). Learning to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit and His calling us to Himself is vital to any ministry.
Acts 13:4-12 – These men were “_____out by the Holy Spirit” and as they went, they found persons who “sought to hear the word of God” (13:7). Saul is now called Paul and is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he is able to confront falsehood and evil.
Acts 13:13-52 – Even though John Mark left these two men, Paul continues to speak in power, using Scripture to validate what God was doing through the Holy Spirit. The Jews thrust the word of God from them causing Paul and Barnabas to turn to the Gentiles.
We are seeing how central the Holy Spirit is, even to the selection of missionaries and sending them out under His direction and power. Is this the process that we use in our churches? Or is a committee formed to choose on a human level? Is your call by Him so clear that you will keep going even if those with you leave? That will depend on whether your focus in ministry is on man or on a close relationship with the Lord and the Spirit.
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