THE CHURCH IN TRANSITION

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
May 17, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor-82210

Message: “THE CHURCH IN TRANSITION”
Scripture Reading: Acts 4:36-37 / 9:26-31 / 11:22-30 / 13:1-5 /
15:1-20 / Galatians 1:11-21 / Philippians 3:1-11
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Memory Verse: Philippians 3:8-11
8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
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What Does the Text Say,
Barnabas a disciple – follower of Jesus, an encouraging influence in the early church takes a risk with a new convert, Saul of Tarsus. He meets with him, hears about his conversion and his speaking out for Jesus in Damascus, and introduces him to the other leaders of Christian Movement, then travels to Antioch to see how God is converting the Gentiles, giving them the same Holy Spirit He had given the Jewish followers. Once again Barnabas reaches out to Saul of Tarsus – now going by his Hebrew name, Paul, and together they lead a great revival in the city of Antioch and then together travel into Asia Minor, present day Turkey to share the message of Jesus, the Good News of the Gospel.

Saul of Tarsus, a devote Jewish leader in the Sanhedrin, a strict, zealous follower of the Law-a Pharisees-of the tribe of Benjamin-part Greek/part Jew. Saul devoted himself to learning under the teaching of Gamaliel, strict obedience to the law but without love or compassion for the people. He stood in strict opposition to the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth and he persecuted those that followed after Jesus, lending his support and approval to the stoning to Stephen. Due to his strong persecution of the followers of Jesus, many left Jerusalem and started to spread the teachings of Jesus throughout Judea and Samaria.

Saul of Tarsus continued his strong opposition and persecution of the followers of Jesus, even getting authority to travel to Damascus, Syria to round up believers there and bring them back to Jerusalem. On his way to Damascus, he had an experience in meeting the resurrected Jesus, he heard a voice, fell to the ground and was blinded, asking who the voice was, and Jesus responded that He was Jesus, the one Saul was in opposition to. Saul was confused, still blinded and in shock over what had just happened and what was to be his next step-he was taken to Damascus and for three days would not eat or drink but questioned. A devote Christian leader in Damascus, Ananias, was told in a vision to come visit Saul and help him see and understand what had happened to him and what the future held for him.
Ananias came to Saul, touched his eyes and spoke with him about Jesus, at that moment Saul received both his physical vision and a new spiritual vision about Jesus, now knowing that He was the promised Messiah to Israel. Saul, ate, cleaned up and immediately starting sharing with others what had happened to him on the road to Damascus and how he now knew that Jesus was the Promised Messiah. Saul had a great deal of opposition in Damascus but he confronted them all, using scripture to prove that Jesus was the Son of God. The opposition became so strong that he had to leave the city of Damascus.
Saul spent the next three years in the area of Arabia, studying, praying, being taught by Jesus [although scriptures does not tell us how he was taught by Jesus]. Saul then went to Jerusalem, at first the disciples would not meet with him, but Barnabas took a chance, met with Saul and then introduced him to Peter whom spent the next 15 days with Saul. Once again the Jewish leaders starting to persecute Saul so he left and went back to his home of Tarsus. He stayed there some 14 years, until revival broke out in Antioch and Barnabas came and got Saul and the two of them taught about Jesus to those in Antioch for the next year. And the church in Antioch exploded with new converts both Jews and many, many Gentiles.

Love Those We Come in Contact With- by our words, our actions, our service. Our first commitment is to Love God and allow God to love us-then to reach beyond ourselves to our family then beyond that-ever expanding [LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

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Personal Notes

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How Does This Help Me Today?
1. The first thing a Christ Follower should do is to develop the habit of time spent with God on a regular basis, prayer, bible study, and time with other Followers
2. The thing is to develop an outward focus life-style, looking to serve others, both within the Followers and outside the Followers-also taking care of their family
3. God wants to use us to reach the world around us starting with those in this building, the local community and expanding from there. Our call, Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them the word of God and teaching them how to make disciples-
4. We have the hindsight of being able to look at what Jesus meant and to see the results, both of obedience and lack of full obedience, our task is to see what Jesus did, and do that-we are His physical representatives on earth

Some additional Bible Verses to Review
Nehemiah 2:18
18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.
1 Kings 6:12
“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, observe my laws and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father.
. Luke 6:47-48
47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Psalm 118:8
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Proverbs 16:9
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (NIV)
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (NIV)