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Antioch: A Model Church

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by Eric Bryan on 29 September 2013

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Transcript of Antioch: A Model Church

Antioch: A Model Church
Where?
Born out of persecution (11:19)
Born out of Gospel witness of regular men (11:20)
God's hand on the work (11:21)
Many coming to faith in Jesus Christ (11:21,24)
God's grace abundant (11:23; 14:26: 15:40)
Devotion to the Lord (11:23,26)
Grounded in sound doctrine (11:26)
Holy Spirit at work (11:27; 13:2)
Generous, compassionate giving/sharing (11:29-30)
Diverse, multiplying leadership (13:1)
Prayer and fasting foundational (13:2; 14:23)
Ministry of sending out (13:2-3)
Disciple-making focus (14:21)
Where?
Acts 11:19-30
A local church is born from Gospel witness, takes root and looks outward
Acts 13:1-3
Diverse leadership multiplies and sends out with Gospel witness
Acts 14:21-28
Churches are planted and Gospel growth is celebrated
Acts 15:1-3a,30-35
Pure doctrine is guarded and defended
Acts 15:36-41
Conflict, though inevitable, is decisively resolved and Gospel growth focus is maintained
Who? Why?
Hub for strengthening & encouraging (14:22)
Refined thru testing (14:22; 15:37-41)
Shepherded by elders (14:23)
Sharing stories of God's work (14:27)
Infiltrated with heresy (15:1)
Strong defense of pure doctrine (15:2-3)
Encouraged by & celebrating in Gospel purity & preeminence (15:31-34)
Plurality of leadership (15:35)
Central focus on preaching and teaching of God's Word (15:35)
Strengthening generational disciples/churches (15:36,41)
How?
Under God's sovereignty, following Jesus our Head, empowered and directed by the Holy Spirit
Rooted in the love of God
Deeply committed to prayer
How?
Clear & simple path for involvement & growth
Regularly gathered for Biblical worship & practice, equipping & mutual encouragement
Corporate
Groups
Fulfilling body building works of service
Sensitive to those from outside, guests, and those deciding to enter into the body
Relentless, focused, reproducing evangelistic discipleship
How?
Gather...Grow...GO!
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