A Church for the New Year 1/1/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
A wonderful model for the New Testament, or New Covenant Church; a church for the New Year, is the church at Antioch. Antioch was a coastal city in Syria. When the early Christians fled there, escaping the persecution that followed the murder of Stephen, the people there received the gospel enthusiastically and went on to become the base for Paul, Barnabas and the early church, sending them and their teams all over Europe and Asia Minor with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The first ten chapters of Acts are centred in Jerusalem, where it all began, but from Chapter 11 onwards the emphasis shifts to Antioch, a Gentile city. It became a vibrant church, moving in the power of the Holy Spirit. They fulfilled the Great Commission of Jesus to “go into all the world”, preaching, teaching, baptizing and making disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20). And Jesus’ instructions have never changed!
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