Open Door of Faith (Acts 13:1-12)
Gearl Spicer, February 2, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
1Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. 5And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. 6And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: 7Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. 8But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. (KJV)
Resolute Life - Live the Vision
Open Door of Faith
*What do you do when a door of opportunity is before you?
“While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for he work to which I have called them.” v.2
*Then the proconsul beloved when he saw what had happened, being amazed
At the teachings of the Lord.” vs. 12
*Opportunities demand obedience!
*Calls must be answered!
Obstacles must be confronted!
“Disobedience is always a greater risk than obedience.” John Piper
I. Door of fellowship - v.1
A. Diversity on the team—Gospel focus
B. Commitment to His purpose
*When the Gospel is elevated hearts merge together!
II. Door of worship - v.2a
A. Ministry to the Lord - In pursuit of Him
1. Hebrews 13:15-16
2. Acts 20:19
3. Col. 3:23-24
B. Fasting - Clarity of focus - hunger for communion
1. Longing for Him
2. Eliminating distractions
III. Door of instruction - v.2b-3
A. Set part - chosen for His purpose
B. Distinct call
IV. Door of Obedience - v.4-12
A. Proclaimed the Word
B. Confronted the enemy
C. Demonstrated the power of God
Will you walk through the door?