Prayer Psalm: 34
Prayer Point: Memory is key to following God. If we don’t remember the times he has come through for us, we will continually lack the faith “to turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Take some time today notice the blessings God has given you and remember to say, ‘thanks.’
Jesus often told stories that described a master leaving his house in the care of his servants while he went on a journey, or in this case, to attend a wedding (see Luke 12:35-40). In each of these stories the master is Jesus himself and his absence refers to his ascension into heaven. His disciples (the original twelve and us) are those who are left in charge of his house. Each disciple of Jesus is entrusted with certain responsibilities and gifts to fulfill those responsibilities.
What will happen to the master’s faithful servants? What will happen to the servants who spurn their responsibilities?
What has God entrusted to us? What would it look like for us to be faithful with the things that God has entrusted to us?
What observations can you make about the leadership of the church in Antioch? What roles did they fill? How did they work together? How did they make decisions? Who seems to be in charge? Who selected Barnabas and Paul to be sent on a mission?
A teacher was what we call a preacher today. Teachers studied the Bible and explained it to the church. A prophet was someone who received a specific message from God and relayed it to the church. One example is the prophet Agabus (see Acts 11:27-28).
Imagine this, the church in Antioch had five leaders, but now God has called them to give two of them away. Could you imagine our church doing that?
How would you describe Barnabas and Saul’s mission? What did they do? Where did they do it? What kind of opposition did they run into? How was the opposition to the gospel overcome? Who is leading this mission? Who is the power source of this mission?
Numbers 6:22-27 The Priestly Blessing
What is the point of this priestly blessing? (“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27 NIV))