Back home again (Acts 16)

 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Acts 16:9

I often call Malawi my second home.  The Lord has deeply placed Malawi on my heart as a place where I have been called to help.  Last week one of the locals labeled me as an a Malawian.  It was kind of my right of passage.  Each day I pray for my second-home.

But each day I also pray for my first home, Jackson Georgia.  As I landed last Friday back in Atlanta, I was reminded of how 5 years ago (next month) Sherry, John, and I responded to God’s call to Jackson.

We wanted to come and help this church reach this community with the gospel.

This must have been Paul’s desire in Acts 16.  Notice the progression of Paul’s work in this city:

  • Paul investigates the people of the city, Vs: 11-13

Paul takes the time to find out where the people are.  Once he locates the people, he proclaims the message of the gospel.

  • Paul infuses the people with the truth of the gospel, Vs: 14-35.

We see three people coming to Christ.  There was Lydia (rich), a Slave girl (poor), and the jailor (blue-collar).

Each of these three and I believe many more were saved in the same way.  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” Acts 16:31

  • Paul invested long-term in the city by planting a church.

This is always Gods design of how to get the gospel to the world.  I can see these three first converts becoming leaders in the church.  Yes, it is true that they are from different backgrounds, but the ground was made level at the cross.  There must have been unity and joy as they together were invested in getting the gospel to the nations.

Question:  How are you doing at home in your community?  Do you know who the people are and what they are going through?  Are you infusing your community with the gospel? Finally, are you a part of a thriving New Testament Church?

I find many who profess Christ are going through a time of apathy because they are distracted from their calling.  On this Monday, may the Lord reaffirm your calling to your church, your city, and to Christ!!!

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