Open Door of Faith (Acts 13:1-12)
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Acts 13:1–12 (Listen)
13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
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?