Sermon: Thursday 11th June

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Preached on 8th June 2020
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Acts 11:19-30

The Church at Antioch

19Some of the believers who were scattered by the persecution which took place when Stephen was killed went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, telling the message to Jews only. 20But other believers, who were from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and proclaimed the message to Gentiles also, telling them the Good News about the Lord Jesus. 21The Lord's power was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

22The news about this reached the church in Jerusalem, so they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he arrived and saw how God had blessed the people, he was glad and urged them all to be faithful and true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and many people were brought to the Lord.

25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26When he found him, he took him to Antioch, and for a whole year the two met with the people of the church and taught a large group. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.

27About that time some prophets went from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them, named Agabus, stood up and by the power of the Spirit predicted that a severe famine was about to come over all the earth. (It came when Claudius was emperor.) 29The disciples decided that they would each send as much as they could to help their fellow-believers who lived in Judea. 30They did this, then, and sent the money to the church elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Singing the Faith 407

   1      Hear the call of the kingdom,
        lift your eyes to the King;
        let his song rise within you
        as a fragrant offering
        of how God, rich in mercy,
        came in Christ to redeem
        all who trust in his unfailing grace.

   2      Hear the call of the kingdom
        to be children of light
        with the mercy of heaven,
        the humility of Christ;
        walking justly before him,
        loving all that is right,
        that the life of Christ may shine through us.

            King of heaven, we will answer the call.
            We will follow, bringing hope to the world,
            filled with passion, filled with power to proclaim
            salvation in Jesus’ name.

   3      Hear the call of the kingdom
        to reach out to the lost
        with the Father’s compassion
        in the wonder of the cross,
        bringing peace and forgiveness,
        and a hope yet to come:
        let the nations put their trust in him.

            King of heaven, we will answer the call …

Keith Getty (b.1974),  Kristyn Getty (b.1980) and Stuart Townend (b.1963)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 407
Words and Music: © 2006, Thankyou Music.  Administered by Songs, excluding UK & Europe, administered by Kingswaysongs, a division of David C Cook <>  Used by permission.


Psalm 112

The Happiness of a Good Person

1Praise the LORD!

Happy is the person who honours the LORD,

who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.

2The good man's children will be powerful in the land;

his descendants will be blessed.

3His family will be wealthy and rich,

and he will be prosperous for ever.

4Light shines in the darkness for good people,

for those who are merciful, kind, and just.

5Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,

who runs his business honestly.

6A good person will never fail;

he will always be remembered.

7He is not afraid of receiving bad news;

his faith is strong, and he trusts in the LORD.

8He is not worried or afraid;

he is certain to see his enemies defeated.

9He gives generously to the needy,

and his kindness never fails;

he will be powerful and respected.

10The wicked see this and are angry;

they glare in hate and disappear;

their hopes are gone for ever.

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