The First Test of the “ First Christian’s “- Finances (Acts 11:25-30)Gus Gill, March 4, 2018
Part of the Book of Acts series
Acts 11: 25-30.
Introduction - Acts 11: 25-30.
1. Searching for a man who lost everything.
A. Saul lost everything for Christ. Philippians 3: 7-8.
2. For the equipping of the new disciples to be called Christians.
A. The city of Antioch.
B. Christian - a derogatory term of contempt from outsiders.
3. A prophecy of a great famine.
A. Supported by historians.
B. A significant prophet named Agabus.
4. A test and opportunity for the new Christians.
A. Giving in proportion.
B. A determined contribution for the brethren . 1 Timothy 5: 8.
C. An act of obedience in submission to God’s leaders.
1. Learning to be content with what you have by God’s power. Philippians 4: 11-13.
2. Learning how to give sacrificially to the needs of others. Matthew 7: 12.
3. Being obedient to be rich in good deeds. 1 Timothy 6: 17-19.
25Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. 28And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: 30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. (KJV)
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