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Summary: Paul and Barnabas are sent out from Antioch.

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Paul and Barnabas – Sent Servants

Acts 12:20 – 13:13

Jeff Hughes – August 24, 2003

Calvary Chapel Aggieland

Introduction

The United States Marine Corps has a slogan that they have used for quite a while. I’m sure you’ve heard it. “We’re looking for a few good men.” But, did you know that God is looking for people too?

In 2nd Chronicles, chapter 6, verse 9, we read - the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him

Isaiah saw the Lord in a vision, and heard the Lord saying these words – “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Isaiah’s reply is one of eager obedience - "Here am I! Send me."

This is a man that would be faithful to the Lord throughout his whole life. He is by far the most quoted of the prophets in the New Testament, because of his messianic prophecies. He was faithful to the Lord that had sent him until his death around 700, when he would be sawn in half, at the order of the evil king Manasseh.

Today, we will see God sending out more faithful servants, Barnabas and Paul. We last saw Paul and Barnabas two weeks ago, as they ministered to the church at Antioch, and taught God’s Word there. The people in Antioch were encouraged and strengthened by God’s Word. When they heard about a famine that would sweep over the ancient Middle East, they decided to send aid to the church at Jerusalem.

Saul and Barnabas may well have been in Jerusalem for the events that we saw last week, the killing of the apostle James, and the imprisonment and miraculous release of Peter.

But today, we will see Paul and Barnabas again in action. Before we get into our study though, let’s go before the Lord and ask His blessing on our message today. Let’s pray.

PRAYER

Illustration

The history of missionary efforts in Tahiti is interesting to say the least. For fifteen years there was not a convert. The London Missionary Society seriously debated recalling their missionaries and giving their efforts to some other fields. After an earnest debate, it was decided to continue the work and letters were sent to the missionaries telling them of the decision. Now, a vessel sailed from London for Tahiti containing letters to the missionaries telling them to go on despite the seeming lack of fruit from their labor. At the same time a vessel sailed from Tahiti for London, and they passed each other in mid-ocean. On the London bound ship there were letters from the missionaries to the Society in London saying that a great revival had spread over Tahiti, that the idol temples were destroyed and that the idol gods were surrendered, and those gods were on that vessel on their way to London where they are now to be seen in the Missionary Society museum.

Our study in Acts today marks another transition for the early church. The gospel has been spread to Judea and Samaria, and now, as we close chapter 12, and pick up chapter 13, we will see the gospel start to be carried to the ends of the earth. Our focus shifts from the apostle Peter to the apostle Paul.


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