Acts 14:23-28 Committing the Church to God’s Care [Sermon Notes]

  • Intro to the Topic
  • Ex: imagine Mission compound rice…
  • Ex: Mega church 40 year Pastor… leaders yes men, dies, so does church
  • Ex: Mini church theologically-arcane Pastor with no voice to world.. none equipped for evangelism, teaching, mutual service… etc….
  • >>> all dependent-, physically, theologically or governmentally..
  • Topic: Church Leadership Failure to Equip leads to unhealthy dependent Churches…
    • Intro to the Text
    • V.23, Paul and Barnabas’ shocking Trust of God and the church…
      • Set up Elders
      • b/c P&B only temporary, 13:1, 14:26 called to temporary “work
        • Cierateneo, involved the people in election…. “Raise Hand” vote..
        • They Left and “Committed them to the Lord!” — 24-28 records the uneventful trip back to Antioch
        • V.28, “They stayed with the brethren a Long time!
        • >>>P&B really trusted the Lord and the People…
        • Ex: John’s trust of the church to define error by Scripture and the Spirit, 1Jn 2:24-27
          • Intro to Point
          • FCF: We lack trust in the Lord’s ability to lead the church, and the church’s anointing by the Holy Spirit!
            • Ex: Lack of trust results in our control >>dependency >> ineffectiveness
            • Thesis: God Sent the Spirit to Establish the Church!
              • John 14:26, 15:26… Promise of the Helper
              • Acts 2: Spirit Sent to empower the Church (1:8)
              • >>>He will lead the church into purity, truth, and effective witness
              • Point: “Commit the Church to the Lord in whom they trust” (23)
                • Pluperfect…3s, They all had trusted, trust now, and would continue to trust…
  • Define Point:
  • Define: Dependence = indigenous initiative rendered inactive by external support
  • Three Steps to Dependance: Lack of Trust, Want Control, Failure to Equip…
  • Q: How do we “commit the Church to Gods care?”
  • C. Equip the Church
    • Eph 4:11, “He gave some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of the service… ”
    • ***You who lead- learn to equip!
    • **Model… **Mobilize… &**Motivate Involvement in the mission!
    • D. Get Equipment!
      • Ex: Tools in the Garage… Know how to use them all b/c dad taught me
      • Ex: Child Support… Police Report… “Armed for War… ” List the items..
      • ***Paul Calls you to be equipped… not dependant…
  • Mis andObj
  • Obj: Won’t that encourage rugged individualism- people who don’t need the institutional church?
    • Ans: Not if properly equipped…
    • Goal = independent to engage the mission of the church!
    • b/c: “Work of the service” >>>leadership, service, prayer, teaching…
    • Obj: Sinners don’t know what they need…
      •  Ans: True. but the church would never get mobilized!
      • Ex: Dog inside house whole life… domestic.. outside and just runs off…
      • >>have to let it outside to train it for life outside!
      •   Obj: Theological independence will lead to heresy…
        • Ans: That distrusts the Lord to teach his church through the Word!
        • >>>Assumes not accountable to presbytery or the word of God!
        • >>>Historically the mistakes are made in seminary, not the church!
        • Ex: Roland Allen (China, Africa, England…) heresies from dependency because no ability to resist indigenous heresies…
  • Apply Point
  • ***Don’t be afraid of trusting the church and the Holy Spirit!
  • Call to Point: Commit the church to the Lord!
  • ***Be equipped!
  • TensionWhat if we get it wrong? (Leadership, theology, support…
  • >>>God sent the Holy Spirit!
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