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Summary: AS WE APPROACH THIS PASSAGE, WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS WHAT I MIGHT CALL THE FINAL LEG OF THE GREAT COMMISSION (CULTURALLY SPEAKING). BY THE TIME WE REACH THIS PASSAGE THE GOSPEL HAS PROGRESSED FROM THE JEWS TO THE SAMARITANS, TO THE GOD FEARING GREEKS, AND N

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MAKING LEMONADE FROM LEMONS

ACTS 11:19-30

INTRODUCTION: AS WE APPROACH THIS PASSAGE, WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS WHAT I MIGHT CALL THE FINAL LEG OF THE GREAT COMMISSION (CULTURALLY SPEAKING). BY THE TIME WE REACH THIS PASSAGE THE GOSPEL HAS PROGRESSED FROM THE JEWS TO THE SAMARITANS, TO THE GOD FEARING GREEKS, AND NOW TO THE PAGAN GREEKS. THIS IS SEEN IN THE FACT THAT THE CITY OF ANTIOCH WAS A CENTER OF SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL INFLUENCE, SIGNIFICANT COMMERCIAL INFLUENCE, AND SIGNIFICANT MORAL CORRUPTION. OF PARTICULAR NOTE WAS A “PARK” ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY KNOWN FOR IMMORAL ACTIVITY. SO, CORRUPT WAS THIS CITY THAT IT WOULD BE REFERRED TO AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF IMMORALITY EVEN IN ROME!

IT IS TO THIS CITY THAT THOSE WHO FLED JERUSALEM DURING THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH WOULD SET UP SHOP AND SHARE THE GOSPEL. IT IS KIND OF INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT GOD CAN SET A CHURCH UP ANYWHERE, BUT IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE THE CHURCH HAS TO BE RELEVANT WHERE IT HAS BEEN PLACED. THIS PAST WEDNESDAY IN PRAYER MEETING I MADE THE STATEMENT THAT THE CHURCH LOOKS DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD BUT ACTS THE SAME. IN REALITY, TO BE EFFECTIVE, THE CHURCH NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE THE WORLD BUT ACT DIFFERENTLY.

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

TRANSITION: SO IN OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING, I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE A BOLD VENTURE, SO TO SPEAK. AN INTERNAL ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT OF OUR CHURCH AND ITS RELEVANCE IN AND TO OUR COMMUNITY. FOR THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE HAS REMAINED FIRMLY PLANTED IN ITS OWN CULTURE, WHILE THE COMMUNITY AROUND IT HAS CHANGED.

PROPOSITION: IN ORDER FOR THE CHURCH TO REMAIN RELEVANT IN ITS COMMUNITY SO THAT IT MAY ACCOMPLISH ITS GOD GIVEN TASK, IT MUST CHANGE ITS WAY OF THINKING.

I. THE LEMONS OF THE CHURCH – The Negative Issues Facing The Early Church

a. REFUSAL OF THE CHURCH TO OBEY THE GREAT COMMISSION AND THE PROGRESS OF THE GOSPEL

b. THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH – ACTS 9

i. SCATTERED THE CHURCH AWAY FROM JERUSALEM

ii. HAD TO HAVE BEEN A TOUGH TIME FOR THE BELIEVERS

c. THE DISPUTE OVER SALVATION TO THE GENTILES

i. REVEALED THE BIAS OF THE EARLY CHURCH

ii. REVEALED THE IMMATURITY OF THE EARLY CHURCH

iii. REVEALED THE LEGALISM OF THE EARLY CHURCH

II. THE LEMONADE OF THE CHURCH – The Church Responding To The Impact Of The Negative Issues

a. THE PERSECUTION OFF THE CHURCH PUSHED THE GOSPEL BEYOND JERUSALEM

i. THESE PERSECUTED GENTILES WENT OUT FROM JERUSALEM TO:

1. PHOENICIA – ALL ALONG THE COASTAL AREA

2. CYPRUS – THE ISLAND IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

3. ANTIOCH – THE SIGNIFICANT CITY TO THE NORTH

b. THE CENTER OF EVANGELISM AND MISSION WOULD SHIFT FROM JERUSALEM TO ANTIOCH

i. THIS WOULD BE THE DIRECT RESULT OF BRINGING THE CHURCH INTO THE COMMUNITY, NOT WAITING FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COME INTO THE CHURCH

c. PEOPLE WOULD COME INTO RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

i. BELIEVERS GOING INTO THEIR COMMUNITY ARE COMMUNICATING WITH THOSE WHO NEED TO KNOW JESUS IN THEIR COMMUNITY.


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