At our Vespers service this week, we delved into and prayed concertedly through Acts 13 for our church. Acts 13 is a transition chapter in Dr. Luke’s letter. The gospel begins to go to the nations. It chronicles the first stages of Paul’s first missionary journey. In the process, it highlights the distinguishing marks of a missional community of Christ-followers.
Attached is a link to a study and prayer guide through Acts 13.
A. The fuel for a missional church is vibrant worship (12:1-3).
How does Dr. Luke describe the worship at the church in Antioch?
What happened in the corporate worship gatherings in the church in Antioch?
Pray that we would become a people who view our corporate worship as “ministering to the Lord” instead of meeting our own needs and preferences.
B. The sacred trust and primary commitment of a missional church (vv.26, 46-49).
To spread the Word of the Lord. In a missional church, the word of the Lord is faithfully proclaimed (vv. 48-49).
This commitment alway demands great boldness (v.46).
What should a missional church expect to happen when we faithfully proclaim the Word of God?
Why are we committed to this? Because when people believe, they receive eternal life (v.48). Pray that our belief in predestination would foster more intentionality in our evangelistic efforts (v.48).
Pray that we would not become spiritually obtuse and bone-headed, but we would be keenly sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we give attention and time to read God’s Word (v.27).
C. The realistic expectation of a missional church: A missional church will face spiritual and physical opposition and attack and, yet, it is not deterred in its mission (vv.8-12, 45,50). A missional church is not surprised by suffering, hardship, difficulty, and opposition.
D. The aim of a missional church is to “bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (v.47).
Ask the Lord to show you specifically what your particular role is in helping to bring His “message of salvation” to others (v.26).