You Can Have Courage for Crisis Living
The passage we are looking at is known as St. Paul' first missionary journey. This key church at Antioch is the first real beachhead in a pagan world. That church had a great start, great growth, great impact, and a great attitude, as chronicled in Acts 11:19-30. It was a marvelous, Christ-honoring, God-exalting, Spirit-filled, growing, strong church. It was just the kind of church that was ready to explode on the world.
Acts is a missionary book about the spreading of the gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth. But as we look at Acts 13:1-13, we reach a milestone in the ongoing ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I would title this passage, "Satanic Opposition to a Spirit-filled Mission." Satan is working today as he did then. We see it constantly--not only in our culture, but in other cultures around the globe.
The enemy is always aggressively and actively antagonizing the ministry of Jesus Christ. One way or another, Satan works to shut down the efforts to build the Kingdom of God. With that in mind, let's look at the satanic resistance to a Spirit-filled mission in Acts 13.
I. THE CONTROL OF THE SPIRIT
In chapter 13 v. 2 we read, "The Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called then. In Chapter 13:4 "So they, being sent forty by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia.
We recall how at the very beginning of the book of Acts we read of the promise of the Holy Spirit; we read of the prayers of the Church for the Holy Spirit; and finally we spread of the presence of the Holy Spirit, poured out upon the company of believing people.
(1) The Environment of the Church
In chapter 13 v.2 we read, "as they ministered to the Lord and fasting. Literally it can be rendered as the A.R.S.V. writes it, "While they were worshipping the Lord, and fasting."
According to Acts 13:2, they faste ...
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