TELL THE WORLD
by Dr. Gregory C. Magruder | June 11, 2017
Gregory C. Magruder Parkview Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL 6/11/17
Tell the World
INTRODUCTION: What is the recipe for a missional church? At Parkview Baptist Church
- Every member is a missionary
- Every home is an outpost for evangelism and fellowship
- Every church is a mission-sending center
ENLARGE YOUR CIRCLE OF WITNESS (11:19-21).
*Our Mission is to lead others to Jesus. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt. 28:19).
*The Lord blesses our witness when we stretch our personal boundaries. 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. 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. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord (11:19-21).
ENCOURAGE SUCCESS AND GROWTH (11:22-24).
*We are to bring new disciples into the Membership of his church. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt 28:19).
*Don’t try to control or contain the work of the Holy Spirit – set it free. News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 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. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord (11:22-24).
EDUCATE AND EDIFY THE BELIEVERS (11:25-26).
*Members must be brought to Maturity if they are to reflect the life of Christ. Jesus said, “And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
*Nurture new believers through doctrinal and practical teaching- orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 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 (11:25-26).
EXPRESS THANKS AND EXTEND HELP TO OTHERS (27-30).
*Mature believers will Magnify the Lord and find a Ministry in which to show Christ’s love to others. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).
*Multiply ministry by loving God and loving your neighbor. During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul (11:27-30).
Are you living out the five purposes of the church?