Expanding the Kingdom of God    (a business like approach)

Text:  Acts 11

 

Engage new clients

      The gospel is taken to the Gentiles

  • Peter defends the method to church leaders

  • Christians were scattered by persecution (8:4)

  • Some began to preach Jesus to the Greeks

  • A large number turned to the Lord
     

Enter new markets

      A new church formed at Antioch  

  • Antioch was the 3rd largest city of the empire

    • Rome and Alexandria were the only ones larger

  •  Antioch was a cultural and economic center

  •  Antioch was a strategic center for the advancement of the gospel

 

Ensure consistent vision

      Barnabas sent to verify the work  

  • The grace of God was evident in the work

  •  He celebrated their success

  •  He encouraged continued faithfulness

 

Encourage a “team” approach

      Barnabas and Saul taught for a year  

  •   Lasting impact is assured through developing others

  •  A good team will become known by a common identity

     

Establish mutual alliances

      The church at Antioch helped the brethren living in Judea

  • A global famine was predicted

  •  The church sent relief funds to the church in Judea

 

How shall we employ God’s strategies?
 

       Engage new clients:  Share Jesus & invite others to worship

       Enter new markets:  Missions support & involvement

       Ensure a consistent vision: The Bible & the Spirit as our guide

       Encourage a ‘team’ approach:  Intentional discipleship efforts

       Establish mutual alliances: Support struggling churches & assist     

               new church plants

 

 

 

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