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Opening Doors of Faith (18 of 33)
Excitement fills the air at the First Baptist Church of Antioch. Paul and Barnabas, the first missionaries, have just returned from their missionary journey and the church has been called together. They are going to have a great missionary conference. The apostle Paul and his associate, Barnabas, have gone on that journey and now they are returning to the church at Antioch. To the church that had a world mission heart. To a church that sent them out. They are now returning and they are getting ready to tell the church what God has done. They are getting ready to give their report.
You will notice in verse 27 it says that they gathered the church together and they rehearsed. The word ''rehearsed'' means ''that they gave a report.''
We raise the question-what kind of report would it have been? What would they have said? I want us to imagine ourselves being a part of this service. What a service it must have been. The word got out and the place was totally packed. The singing was absolutely electric. The choir had never been better. Prayers were filled with praises and hallelujahs. Now, the apostle Paul stands to speak. There is a hush in the audience. What is the man Paul going to say? What will his report be about this first missionary journey? Is he going to give a report on how we did great things? Is he going to give a report and give all of the numbers and all of the statistics of what has been done?
There are two phrases in the 27th verse which immediately catch our attention. One of them is -the rehearsed all that God had done with them. Notice they talk about what God had done with them. They recognize that it is God who did everything that was done. You all know that. Anything we do for the Lord is ultimately that the Lord does it in and through and with us.
In Philippians 2:13 the Bible says, ''for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good plea ...
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