"An essential part of Biblical missions is a partnering, sending local church." ~ Dr. Bud Steadman, guest speaker at the 2023 Missions Conference
Watch Tuesday evening's message from Acts 13:1-3 entitled "The Three-Legged Stool of a Sending Church" part 4 of our 2023 Missions Conference series "The Three-Legged Stool of Missions."
So much of life can be described as 'Hurry up and wait." Whether it is waiting on one's spouse, waiting in a doctor's office, we spend a lot of time just waiting. But what do you do when you are waiting on God? Waiting for God to answer your prayer? Waiting on God for clear direction in life? What do you do as you are waiting on God. The apostles after Jesus' resurrection were told by Jesus that they were to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit. When Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostle did not know how long their wait would be. So, what did they do and we should do while waiting on God? First obey the commands you already have. They were commanded to wait, and that is what they did. Waiting was both a test of their obedience and their faith. Secondly, fellowship with other believers as you wait. 120 of them assembled in the upper room waiting together for God to answer. We need to surround ourselves with other believers as we wait on God. And thirdly, devote yourselves to prayer. Use waiting time as prayer time, communicating with God as we wait on Him.
This sermon from 1 Corinthians 9:1-10 expounds upon Paul's defense of his apostleship, his freedom as an apostle, and the results of his apostolic labor with the church at Corinth, then touches upon the critical importance of "pastoral care" or "support of the ministry" in the church.
1 Corinthians 8:12-13
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
1 Corinthians 7:32-33
1 Timothy 5:17-18
1 Corinthians 3:7-8
Opposition forced Paul to leave Thessalonica prematurely. He was concerned for this fledging congregation, born in severe adversity. Were they grounded enough to stand fast? Would they prove to be genuine? Timothy's report brings Paul much relief. Paul thanks God for their work of Fatih, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope for this is evidence of God's work in their lives.