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The Power of Community: Connect with Mission
September 2, 2018

The Power of Community: Connect with Mission

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Power of Community

We continue this week with “The Power of Community” series. All of us are looking for our purpose in life, the enduring “why” that gives us a meaning which has substance and strength. In the sermon, “Connect with Mission”, we find that the early Christians had a sense of purpose and mission that was not circumstantial. It was not dependent upon good circumstances but proved to provide strength even when life was falling apart! The power of their community was a mission that allowed them to thrive even in the distress and difficulty! Yet, it was also a mission that was empowered by the Holy Spirit. As you read these verses from Acts 11:19-26, you will notice that Antioch is the place where the disciples were first called, “Christians.” Even though the people of Antioch intended the name to be an insult, these early Christians claimed and made it their own! It was their mission. What is your purpose? Where do you find your meaning? As you read this passage, may the Holy Spirit empower you toward a grander vision of serving Jesus our Lord! Acts 11:19-26 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. (NIV)

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