From my reading in Acts 13:1-25 in the One Year New Testament.
Two days ago I did an article “Lessons From The Church In Antioch.”
But what Antioch is best known for is commissioning some of the first missionaries.
“One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” Acts 13:2-3
Be A Fasting and Praying Church
Antioch was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. They spent enough time in prayer to really hear what God wanted them to do.
How much do your church leaders pray? After the decision was already made they fasted and prayed before laying hands on and sending out the missionaries.
Be Generous With Your Leaders
If you are a kingdom minded church, often your best leaders will be sent out.
A church that tries to keep all of it’s leaders for itself is selfish. Antioch was a kingdom focused church and was willing to give up some of it’s best leaders pursue their calling.
Be A Supportive Church
Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas on their way well. A good sending church should be intentionally about sending people off well, and support them with prayer and fasting.
I believe that one of the reasons that the gospel has not spread to all nations yet is because there are not enough “Antioch” type churches.
My prayer is that every church would find ways to play thier part in sending people to the nations.
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