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Seismic shifts in Christian mission. From Antioch to Antioch ! Acts 13. Seismic shifts in Christian mission. Acts11-13 Change-over from Peter to Paul Jews to Gentiles Disciples of a Jewish Messiah to “Christians” Jerusalem-centred to an Antioch base. ANTIOCH. ANTIOCH. Syrian Antioch.

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seismic shifts in christian mission

Seismic shifts in Christian mission

From Antioch to Antioch !

Acts 13

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Seismic shifts in Christian mission

Acts11-13 Change-over from

  • Peter to Paul
  • Jews to Gentiles
  • Disciples of a Jewish Messiah to “Christians”
  • Jerusalem-centred to an Antioch base
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ANTIOCH

ANTIOCH

syrian antioch
Syrian Antioch
  • “Queen of the east,” the third most strategic city in the Roman empire after Rome and Alexandria
  • Large, 500,000 pop. (many Jews but also Orientals from Persia, India and China)
  • International cosmopolitan & an Intellectual rival to Alexandria
  • A moral Cesspool eg Daphne suburb with ritual prostitution, “Daphnici mores” = playboy mentality.
mission needs talkers
Mission Needs Talkers

Acts 11:19-21 (8:4)

“Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news concerning Jesus.”

mission needs encouragers
Mission needs Encouragers

Acts 11:22-24

“When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.”

barnabas
Barnabas
  • An Encourager
  • A Good man
  • Full of the Holy Spirit
  • Full of Faith (in God and what God can do through others)
mission needs teachers
Mission needs Teachers

Acts 11:25-27

Barnabas

Knew his limitations

Recognised the greater gifts of others and gave them space to work- gets Paul over to lead the teaching

mission needs givers
Mission needs Givers

Acts 11:27-30

“So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, decided to send relief to their brothers and sisters living in Judea.”

mission needs prophets
Mission needs Prophets

Acts 11:27-30, 13:2

“In the church at Antioch there were prophets ...While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “... ”

guidelines for discerning prophecy
Guidelines for discerning prophecy
  • Essentially a means of guidance
  • Each may hear and speak
  • Need to test everything
  • Hold on to the good
  • Reject the rest
mission sent ones apostles
Mission “sent ones” – Apostles

Acts 13:1-4

... “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

a new generation change in apostleship
A New generationChange in Apostleship

Jesus The 12 Barnabas

  • Apostolos – Greek “a sent one”
  • Missio – Latin for “to send”

Paul & Barnabas start of a new breed of “apostles” = missionaries

Sent by both the Holy Spirit & Church

mission needs the power of holy spirit intervention
Mission needs the Power of Holy Spirit Intervention

Acts 13:4-12

Then Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “ ...

mission needs the telling of the story preaching the word
Mission needs the telling of the story – preaching the Word

Acts 13:13-43

“But God raised Him from the dead ...Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

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