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Time To Launch

Posted: Sunday, June 19

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Kings 20:1-21:29
Acts 12:24-13:15
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 17:16 

 

Verse of the day:

One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)


In 1983, a movie was released called “The Right Stuff,” a documentary of the US Space Program. After years of testing and sending animals into space, it came time for the first manned space flight. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard climbed inside a little capsule attached to a rocket…he was on the launching pad. The countdown began, and the entire future of our space program rested upon that launch being successful. It was a momentous few minutes in America and since that day the US has dominated the race for space. 

 

 

In Acts 13, the church is on the launching pad, the gospel is on the move, foreign missions gets its birth here as the first missionaries are sent out of the church. What started in the hearts of a few people is about to be sent to the far reaches of the globe. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

 

One outline of the book of Acts would be:

 

1. The gospel fills the city of Jerusalem (Chapters 1-7)

2. The gospel goes to Judaea and Samaria (Chapters 8-12)

3. The gospel is sent to the whole earth (Chapter 13 and beyond) 

 

 

The Book of Acts has no formal conclusion. Many believe this is because the mission remains undone and we are writing the next chapter now. Billions have yet to hear about the love of God found in the work of Christ. If you call yourself a Christian, you have an obligation, a call to send the gospel into the whole world. We do this three ways at Oak Creek Assembly of God: 1) Praying, 2) Giving, and 3) Going. This is our time, it’s our responsibility. Step out onto the launching pad and ignite the engine. It’s your moment in time!