Stating The Obvious
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
WORLD EVANGELISM BEGINS
Acts 13:1-3 In the church at Antioch, there were prophets and teachers; Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
The Church at Antioch
Started after the persecution of ____________.
At first the Gospel went only to the _________.
Then the Gospel went to the __________.
The Lord’s hand blessed them; a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. This news reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem who sent _________________.
He arrived and __________________ them to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
Then he went to Tarsus to find __________ and brought him back to teach. Antioch is where the followers of Christ were first called ____________.
They sent provisions to Jerusalem through _________ and ______________ because of a famine, and then they returned.
While they were ____________ the Lord and ___________ the Holy Spirit gave instructions to send Barnabas & Saul for the work which the ________________ had for them.
They __________ and ______________ , placed their ________ on them and _________ them.
“PRIDE & PREJUDICE”
Acts 12:18-23 Now when the day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to what could have happened to Peter. And when King Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution.
And King Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there. Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country. (Rome)
And on an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. And the people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not a man!” And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
Herod’s angry _______________ of Peter’s escape caused devoted soldiers their lives by his judgment.
Herod’s _________ towards the people of Tyre and Sidon caused fear of his judgment.
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Jesus
Herod’s _____________ edged out God’s dominion, which created his quick death, God’s judgment.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”