Audio Available from May 26, 2013 - Acts 11:19-30 "The Kingdom of God Spreads, Takes Root and Matures among the Gentiles"
Today's passage tells the story of the Good News of Jesus taking root among Gentiles. It is a drama with 3 scenes. Act 1 is about the Good News spreading widely among the Gentiles in Antioch - 'many believe and turn to the Lord. In Act 2 we see the believers being encouraged and taught by Barnabas and Saul for a whole year. Act 3 shows that the believers are learning about the heart of God as they rise up and respond to the needs of the believers in Jerusalem by taking up a gift and sending it along with Barnabas and Saul. We stand in awe of this story as we realize that the global work of Redemption that God first promised to Abraham is being fulfilled in this story - and we too are still a part of God's plan to offer the gift of New Life to people from every tribe, language and nation!
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