The Man of THE Mission | Zealot Part 3 | St. George
Every Christian is WIRED for a MISSION.
Acts 1:8 …But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
God’s had a UNIQUE PURPOSE for Paul’s life.
Acts 9:15-16 …“Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Paul was uniquely called by God to preach the gospel to the GENTILES and their KINGS. And he would suffer in the process of doing so.
Acts 11:19-26 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about
the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Observation 1: A friend who knows GOD and knows YOU can help you find your MISSION in God’s service.
Observation 2: If you want to discover God’s greater purpose for your service, do SOMETHING now.
Observation 3: In God’s service ONE thing often leads to ANOTHER thing, in Paul’s case the BIG thing.
Acts 13:2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Question: What made Paul so effective at church planting throughout the pagan Roman Empire?
Answer: Paul integrated his BACKGROUND and life EXPERIENCE into his mission.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Bottom Line: If God can remake and USE a murderer Like Paul, he can remake and USE all of us in some way to SPREAD his fame.
Group Discussion Questions
1. If someone came up to you and asked you to explain to them how they can become a Christ follower, how would you emotionally react to that and could you give them a sufficient answer?
2. Read Acts 9:16. What did God specifically design Paul to do?
3. Read Acts 11:19-26. What role did Barnabas play in Paul finding his big opportunity to fulfill his mission for God? What role can a close friend who is a believer play in your life?
4. Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. Paul did not hide from his past, he embraced it and used it as a spring board for reaching people. How can our past help us serve God in the present?
5. Read Acts 1:8. Not everyone is gifted at verbally communicating the gospel, but there are many different ways each and every one of us can make a difference. Please list out things that each of us can do to fulfill our responsibility to the great commission in our lives and in our church.