In the book of Acts we see how Jesus is building His church and He is the cornerstone. He has called us to dwell with Him now and for eternity. This is only through Jesus’ calling. Because we are sinners in need of a Savior, there was nothing we could do to fulfill our security of eternity with him. But through his love and goodness for us, he paid the penalty for us and gave us His righteousness, and we are now called children of God and heirs with Christ. Praise God! This is the good news. This is why we are commanded to be faithful goers and senders just as the church in Antioch. Is God calling you to go? Are you being called to lead in a community group, become an elder or be a part in global missions? Are you being called to serve in the church with your talents? We must seek the Lord’s guidance by praying and fasting. In Matthew 6:16 Jesus is giving his sermon on the mount and says “When you fast…” not if you fast. This is not a question of if but when. The results from the church in Antioch were world changing. May we be faithful. May we seek the Lord with prayer and fasting just as we saw in Antioch.
ACTS 13:1-3 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 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.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, the big idea, or Acts 13:1-3 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
2. How does knowing that you dwell with the Lord now, by his Spirit, and will for all eternity, help you living day to day?
3. How would you see fasting change your prayer life, your church, and the mission to our community? Compare with the fasting of Antioch.