Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 28

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

 

Last week in our discussion on the Book of Acts we dialogued  from Acts 11 and 12 concerning the change in emphasis from the Jewish church in Jerusalem to the Gentile church flowing from Antioch. Starting in chapters 11 and 12 the focus of Acts moves from the Peter  to Paul.  Paul discusses the ramifications of this change in Romans 9-11. To see how it played out in everyday life though let’s continue on in our reading from Acts.

 

 Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. 2 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.” 3 So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

Paul’s First Missionary Journey

4 So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus. 5 There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.

6 Afterward they traveled from town to town across the entire island until finally they reached Paphos, where they met a Jewish sorcerer, a false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He had attached himself to the governor, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. The governor invited Barnabas and Saul to visit him, for he wanted to hear the word of God.8 But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Barnabas and Saul said. He was trying to keep the governor from believing.

9 Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. 10 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? 11 Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.” Instantly mist and darkness came over the man’s eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him.

12 When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord. Acts 13:1-13 

In this passage we read about the call or the sending of Barnabus and Saul to the work of ministry. Please note that I said ministry was a calling ( or a sending) not a chosen profession. What do think the difference is? Does the idea of a calling apply to every Christian? How?

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4 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 28

  1. When someone is called to ministry I believe it is a heart changing experience. I think ministry chooses you versus people choosing the profession(preaching religion). The difference is receiving Jesus versus knowing of Him. I don’t know if I am saying this quite right but what I know for myself when God called me my heart was transformed. If I chose to do this one particular ministry before God called me, my heart certainly would not have been in it. There would have been no passion in it.
    I think the idea of a calling applies to every Christian because we are all called to be ministers of Christ’s word and to spread the Good News.

    • I like how you put this Deb ” I think ministry chooses you versus people choosing the profession(preaching religion).” Ministry does choose us (meaning of course God chooses us). Now some are called to offices (Eph. 4:11) in the church but you are right all of us are called to works of ministry in the church. I am a firm believer in people being led into a ministry of the church versus just trying things out. God wants us to seek His face concerning the works we do in the church before we step into them.

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