Lent Group Talk Acts 16: Philippi
“PCC as an agent of mission”
Church having to rediscover call to be missionary
Early days of the church “all much easier then”
Wonder how the disciples did feel? Ascension. Jesus gone – it’s over to you.
Like being without a vicar…
Sink or Swim?
Swam – Acts.
Honest about the difficulties faced: persecution, division.
Church rediscovering what being missionary is turn to book of acts.
Philippi Paul’s second missionary journey
Strengthening churches he’d been to already.
Rich leading market town.
Jesus gone and get on with it.
When Paul Silas, Timothy turned up looked a bit unpromising.
- no contacts
- no synagogue
- nothing to build on
- end up getting arrested.
Can look a bit unpromising for us
- Small numbers of people in church
- Can’t assume people know even basics of Christian message. (survey)
But called to this place
God calls us to Cheadle and Cheadle Heath (Anglican system).
And if God calls us somewhere then he is already at work. v14
God is at work out there
God is opening people’s hearts
Coming back from Durham
working on train J
- Lady 50s; late, busy.
asked where I’d been (interview).
why I wanted to do that.
wasn’t expecting at all: verse from poster
- Arsenal fans. Valentine’s/ Football. Millionaire.
2 things to learn
- God is at work already
- Mark: On the same level. – easier for you!
Arrival in Philippi Look at v13-v15
* wandered round
- found where they thought there might be a place of prayer. unsure – give it a go!
- met on Sabbath with small group –same level
- Lydia – maybe not straight away
2 dangers with sharing our faith
HOW COULD PAUL HAVE FALLEN INTO THESE 2
- Ignore what God’s doing.
- Think our job isn’t important.
Working alongside God. Fellow workers (sun morning)
Paul sought out who was going to be receptive.
Sometimes we don’t work with God.
Caveat – we have to find out whether people want to hear.
! People who were receptive: Lydia and Jailer
Totally different walks of life.
God works in all kinds of people
BUT one similarity
what is that?
After they had been converted,
immediately told families and friends.
AND they believed too v34
!! One brings two
Power of family and friend connections.
2 people converted because of Paul.
20 people converted because of their friends.
Some of the people who have helped us become Christians
God uses ordinary people – on the same level.
God uses our contacts.
List them - fortnight
asterix those who you’ve spoken to