God’s Plan – Acts 13-14
It’s one thing to know the mission of the church, but it’s another thing to be confident that it will succeed. If it is going to succeed we don’t just need a mission, but we need a fool-proof plan! But as we look around at the church, local, national and global it seems like there are more problems than answers and more fools than plans.
In the book of Acts, and in the situations surrounding many of the New Testament letters, we find that the early church had just as many problems, set backs and apparent failures. So if the problems were there even back then, and we clearly see the now, we might wonder, “how can we be sure that this whole ‘church thing’ will all turn out okay?”
What evidence do we have that God has a plan and it will get accomplished.
Sunday night we took a look at Acts chapters 13 and 14 (Paul’s first missionary journey) to see that God is carrying out detailed plans ensuring the successful mission of the church.
And I shared 8 observations about God’s plan:
- God’s plan is God’s plan.
- God’s plan is through the church.
- God’s plan is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
- God’s plan is rooted in history.
- God’s plan is centered on Jesus.
- God’s plan involves the proclamation of the Gospel.
- God’s plan never fails.
- God’s plan has specific individuals in mind.
Thoughts: God did not intend for us to walk the Christian life alone nor is his plan primarily carried out by individuals, but by the body of Christ.
What we’re really saying when we talk about a certainty in God’s plans is actually a reflection of our certainty of God himself. God’s plans are built into who He is, His character.
Christians, does this mean we know each and every turn? No, but it means we know the God who does. And in the hands of the master tactician with all sovereignty, wisdom and power… we can be sure of the mission’s success. There are people who will say “yes” to Jesus, will you help me find them?
Scripture: : When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord;(A) and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. – Acts 13:48
I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles… – Galatians 1:14-16
In [Christ] we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will… – Ephesians 1:11