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Acts: Beginnings – The Antioch Effect

Sermon Questions for Reflection – Read Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3

  1. Why is the church in Antioch so significant?  What made the leaders/evangelists so effective at sharing the Gospel in such a ‘dark’ city?  The watching world called these new disciples Christians, or ‘little Christs’, for the first time in Antioch based on their actions.  It was a new ‘group’ described with a new word. What would the world call the current church in America based on its actions?
  2. What is mercy ministry?  (see 11:27-30). What motivates this type of self-less response?  What do we learn from this example of sacrificial giving? (see 2 Cor. 8:8-15)
  3. Why should Christians value diversity within the church and its leadership? How does diversity increase effective evangelism?
  4. Read Gal. 2:1-10. How does Paul’s description of this missionary mercy gift compare to the journey that started in Acts 11:30 and ended in Acts 12:25?
  5. What can we learn from the church in Antioch about sending out people for missions work?  What role does the individual play in deciding this vs. the leadership and members of the church?

Acts: Beginnings – The Antioch Effect