Tension


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So I want to dive right in this morning and look at a passage in the bible as a launching point;

Acts 11:19-24
Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.
When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.

So let me give you some backdrop to what is going on here; after Christ, the followers of His believed that He only came to the Jews, they did not believe that any other people were included…
So for the first several years, the converts continued to hang out in the temple or synagogues, they pretty much continued their behavior just like before they became Jesus followers…
So I want you to talk back to me; when you look at this, what do you see?

• Change

Do you see a water shed change moment here? What was changing?
For the first time since the death of Christ the new church was going through a very intense change, salvation was coming to the whole world, it wasn’t just for the Jew anymore, it was for everyone.
And the a big change was that no longer was the message of Christ just for one group, and no longer was it only to be preached in the synagogue…

I can clearly remember the major changes the church went through in the 1970s; yes I am that old…

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