The Church Plants the Church
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
[They returned to Antioch], where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they remained no little time with the disciples.
he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
The question of building the kingdom of Christ among the Gentiles was such an important matter that the teachers of Antioch had good reason to ask God earnestly to make them equal to the task.
Community Group Questions
Read Acts 13:1-13. This church has been richly blessed so that they might sacrificially send. John Calvin said, “Even in our time God enriches certain churches more than others, so that they may be nurseries for propagating the Gospel.” How have you seen God "enriching” CrossPointe Coast as a “nursery for propagating the Gospel?”
The Spirit found church in worship and fasting when he gave them the guidance to send out Saul and Barnabas. How might your community group engage more deeply in this way so that you might be prepared to discern how best to engage in mission in your community?
Spend significant time at the end of your time together in prayer for Joel and Randi as they discern how to begin to plant the gospel in Cape Canaveral. Pray for the elders (Mark, Matt, Joel, Jeremiah) as they discern how to lead us into the future with staff, community groups and church plant apprentices.