So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
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. 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.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
There is a Biblical pattern for church-planting and there is a Biblical pattern for church growth and progress.
Disciples were first called Christian in Antioch …
Next it became known as a “mission sending church” …
Yes that is exactly what happens when God moves in revival and we plant church the way Jesus wanted
Jesus Himself commissioned the Great Commission … “go make disciple of all nations”
Therefore it should be no surprise that Antioch start sending out missionaries soonest possible as led of the Spirit.
This kind of Biblical pattern should serves as “wake up call” for a lot of modern day churches that failed to give their commitment and support to missions.
Jesus is at the forefront of missions …
And there remains lots more place yet to hear the Gospel …
and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Therefore those who set their hearts and minds to follow Jesus will be part of the Great Commission.
The interesting thing about the Great Commission, is that this is such a great project no one person can do it alone.
A lot more are needed at the forefront, and we need a lot more supporters.
We need more people committed to pray for the Great Commission.
We need people who will give generously in finance and resource to support the work of the Great Commission.
The Great Commission does not just involve preaching, but discipleship to nurture believers to maturity of faith.
This discipleship process is going to be tedious and exhausting.
We live in a world flooded with distraction and diversion, people will have all sorts of opportunity to stray and be led astray.
The Bible does warn us about apostasy!
But we need to stand firm in Jesus –
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
A major problem with Gospel outreach in Asia, in particular in Japan have to do with mixed religion.
It is very absurd there are churches that openly practice and allow mixed religion mixed faith within the same community and congregation and they think this is being “contextual” and “inclusive” and “welcoming”.
What would Jesus think?
Such thing ought not to be happening in the house of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus reigns supreme and He is the only way to eternal life!
Jesus has His own throne given by the Father and it’s reserved for Jesus and Jesus only!
Jesus is not going to share that throne with any other religion!
Every church leaders and pastors should know about that!
We must be careful to build our spiritual foundation in purity of faith in Christ alone!
We must do our own due diligence to ensure we enthrone Jesus in our hearts and don’t share that sacred space with another.
As we draw near to Jesus’ return, we will see more revival and but also more divisions.
Jesus’ purpose of discipleship is also to purify us –
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
The Great Commission instituted by Jesus is the best form of good works we can partake of and Jesus will purify us for His mission.
Let’s not be distracted and diverted to others.
We shall love the Lord with all our hearts minds and souls.