MISSIONS The prototype Christian church
SERMON TOPIC: MISSIONS- The prototype Christian church
Speaker: Gavin Paynter
Date: 22 July 2018
Topic Groups: MISSIONS, EVANGELISM
Sermon synopsis: Acts 11:26 The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
But what were the traits of this prototype church in Antioch where Christians first received their name? Amongst other things, Antioch was the first mission church.
In Antioch, following the prompting of the Holy Spirit, the initiative was taken by a local congregation to launch and support a missionary venture to people beyond its own locale. The gospel had come to Antioch almost accidentally - that is due to Christians migrating there to escape persecution. But following the events in Acts 13 the church in Antioch make the propagation of the gospel a conscious strategy.
The church in Antioch had a mission strategy which included (a) sending and support, (b) praying and fasting and (c) feedback and a home base. And so following the lead of this prototype Christian church, we too should have a conscious missions strategy.