ACTS 13

4 Outlines

 

Acts 13:1-4

FIRST MISSIONARIES

 

SUPPLY OF GODLY MEN – Vs. 1

SEPARATION TO GOD’S SERVICE – Vs. 2

SUPPLICATION FOR GOD’S HELP – Vs. 3

SENDING BY GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT – Vs. 4

 

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Acts 13:1-3

CALLED TO MISSIONS

 

THE MEN - Vs. 1

There are seven men mentioned as being busy in the ministry.  They were all serving the Lord faithfully where they were. Don't expect to be called to missionary service unless you can serve the Lord right where you are!

 

THE MINISTRY - Vss. 1, 2

They were prophets and teachers. They ministered to the Lord and fasted.

 

THE MANDATE - Vs. 3

The Holy Spirit called on them to separate or set apart Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work of missions. Notice that this was a work to which God had called. Man was only asked to put his approval on what God had already decided.

 

THE METHOD (OF SEPARATION) - Vs.3

 

1. They fasted.

2. They prayed.

3. They laid hands.

4. They sent them.

 

 

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Acts 13:1-4

WHEN THE CHURCH SENDS MISSIONARIES

 

When a local church sends missionaries in the will of God there will be certain things that are true.

 

GIFTED PEOPLE WILL BE USING THEIR SPIRITUAL GIFTS - Vs. 1, Ephesians 4:11-12 1 Peter 4:10-11

 

GREAT DEDICATION WILL BE SHOWN

Vs. 2 "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, "

 

GRACIOUS CALLING WILL COME FROM GOD

Vs. 2 - "...the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."

 

GENERAL AGREEMENT WILL BE PRESENT

Vs. 3 - "And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away."

 

GOD'S APPROVAL WILL BE SENSED

Vs. 4 - "So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost..."

 

 

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Acts 13:4-13

ALONG THE TRAIL

 

If you are a born again Christian, you are on the trail, or path, or road which will ultimately bring you to Heaven.  Along the trail you will meet many different types of people in general, and  fellow Christians in particular.. (Here I suggest you mention some unique Christians you've known, who were a little different, but in love with the Lord.).

 

Along Paul's trail to Heaven, he met many different people.  In our text, we see the beginning of the first missionary journey which Paul made.  Along the trail with Paul we met at least four different people.

(Begin by explaining Vss. 1-3)

 

MARK - RENEGING - Vss. 5, 13

This was the young cousin of Barnabas, who began the trip, but reneged on his commitment. When Barnabas wanted to take Mark the next time, Paul said "No."  (Acts 15:36-40).  Eventually Mark got straightened out, and reconciled to Paul (2 Timothy 4:11).  Much trouble could have been avoided, and many blessings secured, if Mark had not reneged.

 

BAR-JESUS - (ELYMAS) - RESISTING - Vss. 6-8

This man resisted the work of God.

 

PAUL - RELYING - Vss. 9-11

Paul relied on God to resist the resister, Elymas was struck blind for a period of time.

 

SERGIUS PAULUS - RECEIVING - Vss. 7, 12

The governor of the area, was impressed by what Paul did, and "astonished at the doctrine of the Lord."  He believed on Christ.

 

 

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Acts 13:13-41

CHOICES

 

INTRODUCTION – Vss. 13-15 – Paul gets an opportunity to preach the Gospel.

 

GOD’S CHOICE OF A NATION – Vss. 16-19 – Israel

 

GOD’S CHOICE OF A KING – Vss. 20-22 – David

 

GOD’S CHOICE OF A SAVIOR – Vss. 23-29 – Jesus

 

GOD’S CHOICE OF RESURRECTION – Vss. 30-37

 

MAN’S CHOICE FOR SALVATION – Vss. 38-41 – The Lord Jesus Christ

 

 

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