Summary: Church leaders were not settled with what the Lord had done there at Antioch, because they believed the Lord had greater things for them and the Antioch church to do.
TITLE: COMMUNION, CONSECRATION, AND COMMISSION
SCRIPTURE: ACTS 13:1-4
It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here this afternoon to celebrate the Marriage of Church and its new Under Shepard, my brother and friend, Pastor Bernie Kidd and the St. Paul Baptist Church of Binger, OK. I don’t believe the Church could have called a more dedicated Man of God. I am also excited that Pastor Kidd will move into the ranks of a full time Pastor. Pastoring two churches in two locations, with that comes many great responsibilities. I look forward to a rewarding relationship between this Church and the PPWC Church family where we are located in Bethany, OK.
I want to get right into our text this afternoon and hear what God has to say to us. In our text, those at Antioch were men and women who did not mind being in the service of the Lord. The text gave the names of those who were there at that particular, time at that little Church found at Antioch. The Bible identifies them as - BARNABAS – SIMEON – LUCIUS – MANAEN - SAUL - they were all Prophets and Teachers that gave structure to the Church at Antioch. They continued in fellowship at Antioch seeing the move of God and being used of God. They were not settled with what the Lord had done there at Antioch, because they believed the Lord had greater things for them and the Antioch church to do. So they continued to exhibit Christian fellowship and worship.
There is no structure if a Church does not have God ordained leaders in their proper place. Many churches fail today because of a lack of structure in God’s house.
• Structure does not begin in the Pews
• Structure does not begin with the Deacons
• Structure does not begin with Financial Ministry
• Structure begins with the Spiritual Leaders God calls and equips being in place
Can I footnote early on in this message? Oftentimes we don’t fully digest the message because we don’t pay attention to the details found in the text. God does not use words aimlessly. Five men mentioned – BARNABAS – SIMEON – LUCIUS – MANAEN – SAUL. What do we glean from these brothers mentioned in the text? Sadly most Churches can be put in a category as:
• White Church
• Black Church
• Spanish Church
• Rich Church
• Poor Church
• Country Church
• Southern Church
• Shouting Church
• Quite Church
Too often churches will:
• Support a Missionary serving in Africa – but don’t welcome black people to their church
• They will send money to Missionaries in Mexico, but want all Hispanics deported
• Will send Textbooks to Haiti – but won’t hire a Haitian to teach in our Public Schools
• This is the Height of Hypocrisy
But that was not the case with the Church found in Antioch. Can I prove by identifying characteristics of these Five men named early on in the text?
• Barnabus – He was a Levite who was born in Cyprus who would have understood the Greek culture