The first 12 verses of Acts 13 are extremely encouraging and challenging. We see recounted for us the first time a church (at Antioch) sends out its own (Barnabas and Saul) for the purpose of missions and evangelism.
We see the unity of the church as they laid their hands on Barnabas and Saul in total agreement that the Holy Spirit was calling these two men to a specific work. And we watch as they sail to Cyprus and faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even in the midst of strong opposition from the evil one.
As we read of their first hand accounts of evangelism in Cyprus I am reminded of their boldness and utter confidence in the sovereignty of God.
When talking with Christians about evangelism we often encounter a wide range of emotions. Emotions of fear, anxiousness, uncertainty, and even doubt. But if God is sovereign in evangelism should this be so?
I want to encourage you to read Acts 13:1-12. As you read this passage, be reminded that:
- We can rest in the certain work of the Holy Spirit through the church! (Acts 13:1-4)
- We can rest in the certain defeat of those who oppose the plans of God! (Acts 13:6-11)
- We can rest in the certain fulfillment of the work God has called us to! (Acts 13:12)
Nothing can frustrate the plans of God! Therefore I can share my faith with great boldness and confidence knowing that God will be honored and draw men and women to Himself.
May we have a great sense of urgency when it comes to evangelism and let’s rest in the certaintly of God’s sovereignty!