Summary: Barnabus & Saul Sent off and opposition at Cyprus. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(A). Making the Move: A Need (vs 1-3)
• The City (VS 1).
• The Believers (Vs 1).
• The Holy Spirit (vs 2-3).
(B). Making the Move: An Adventure (vs 4-12)
• A Good Beginning (vs 3-5).
• A Unique Island (Vs 4b-5a).
• A Difficult Experience (vs 6-10).
• I remember one time when we were moving house;
• And when I looked under the bed I found a box under the bed,
• I pulled it out and looked inside,
• Where I finds two eggs and about 8,000 pounds.
• So I asked my wife Penny what the eggs are for,
• And she replies,
• "Every time I you preach a boring sermon on you I put an egg in the box".
• So I am thinking,
• "That's not bad, in all my years of ministry I’ve only preached badly twice."
• So then I ask here, so what’s all the money is for.
• And she replies, "Well, every time I got a dozen eggs I sold them!"
• People move house for a variety of reasons;
• For some it’s because of a new job.
• For others to be closer to family members.
• Some the need is for more space,
• Some fly the nest or move to a bigger place to accommodate a growing family.
• Or may be for less space as the offspring leave home.
• To some the move is improve life - a better district, or to escape a tricky situation.
• There are many reasons both good and bad for moving.
Note: Regarding moving:
• Christians can add another key factor into the equation:
• i.e. I spent the first 24 years of my life in the same house (I was even born there!),
• Then when God called me into full-time Christian ministry;
• For reasons I will not go into now;
• But I experienced living in six different homes in the next two years.
This morning we are going to see in Acts chapter 13 this principle of God moving people:
• Perfectly illustrated in the book of Acts,
• Acts is a book of movement:
• It is a book of shallow tent pegs, as people are travelling here and there,
• Setting off in one direction or another in response to God’s call.
• William Phelps taught English literature at Yale University for forty-one years;
• Until his retirement in 1933.
• One year just before Christmas he was marking an examination paper,
• Phelps came across the note: "God only knows the answer to this question. Merry Xmas"
• Phelps returned the paper with this note:
• "God gets an A. You get an F. Happy New Year."
• Well, God alone knows when, where and why we might move in the future,
• Wise people move with God, they do not fight against his will!
• Acts chapter 13 is a great example of;
• When God clearly says it is time to move on!
• The book of Acts is one of the few Bible books,
• That first gives us the outline to the book;
• And then gives us the content of the book.
Let me remind you of the outline (Acts chapter 1 verse 8):
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
• Jerusalem was where it all started,
• But sadly for many of these first Christians in the early chapters of Acts,
• That is where it ended as well!
• That’s as far as God’s people went – Jerusalem;
• They put their roots down and they were content,
• So God had to drop the stone of persecution into their calm waters
• And this persecution sent the Christians rippling outward;
• Into the second phase of God’s plan; Judea and Samaria.
• Yet here once again the Christians seem to have got themselves settled,
• They seemed to have forgotten the last part of Jesus’ command:
• “And even to the remotest part of the earth”
Certainly, we can understand their desire to stay settled,
• We all like the comforts of home,
• And the need for security that we find there.
• But when God has a plan, that plan must be implemented!
• God knows what He is doing and at times for some of us that may include us moving on.
(A). Making the Move: A Need (vs 1-3)
• The first few words of verse 1 provide a backdrop for the action that follows.
• Though his phrasing is simple,
• Luke conveys a wealth of information in his portrait of the situation.