by Jerry Vines

Acts 14:19
Dr. Vines November 9, 1986
Having preached the Gospel to the regions beyond, Paul and Barnabas
sailed the Mediterranean and returned to the city of Antioch from which they
had come. They had a great deal they could tell about their first journey. It
was a story of trial and triumph. It was a story of great difficulty but also
a story of great victory. Here was the first attempt of taking the gospel to
the uttermost parts of the earth and it had been eminently successful. We are
told upon their return that they gathered the church together and they report
to the church about what God had done in and through them. Denominations have
their place in the missionary enterprise. Mission boards are important and
fulfill a vital role and function in missionary activity. But the key element
in the missionary enterprise is always the local church. It is the local
church that makes the mission movement really go. I have come to believe that
the grandest institution on the earth is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the one thing that Jesus has committed Himself to take away when He
returns to the air again. One of these days, God is going to come, the Lord
Jesus will descend out of heaven into the air and all of God's blood-washed
church - all of God's redeemed believers - the church of the Lord Jesus Christ
will be caught up from the earth and will go home to be with the Lord forever
and forever. So, I am sold on the ministry of the local church. It is the
local church that God uses to win souls, to build strong believers in the
faith and to get the gospel of Jesus to the uttermost parts of the earth. The
news was announced that Paul and Barnabas had returned. There was going to be
a big meeting at the meeting house that night. They were going to gather all
of the congregation together and they were going to have a victory and a
praise meeting. I'm going to try to get this sermon through tonight. I'm not
sure Dr. L ...

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