14th September, 2014
Rev. Mark Ballosingh
Acts 16:9-15 – 9-10 That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.
11-12 Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several days.
13-14 On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!
15 After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Apostle Paul had a vision. Paul was travelling and called to visit Macedonia. There was pagan worship and no one welcomed him there. Sometimes we go places where the only thing that keeps us going is God’s faith. Missions start with a call.
City Sanctuary is sowing a spiritual seed and physical need into Kenya. Paul obeys the call immediately. Similarly, when we received the call about Kenya and everyone came together.
Matthew 28:7 – 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
We are all commissioned by God to go and tell. If the Church fails to evangelize, we will fossilize. The great commission is the lifeline of the Church. We as believers are supposed to be blessings to others. Reference scripture – Matthew 25:34-46.
What is missionary work? “A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a short period of time so that others may be with their families for eternity”.
To be a missionary:
1) One has to deny himself – Matthew 16:24 – Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
2) You must have a heart filled with love – James 2:15-If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
3) You must have faith – James 2:14-26 – 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
We all have to do part to fulfill the Great Commission.