21 Days of Devotion
Read Acts 13:1-52
At Antioch, during a time of worship, the Holy Spirit commissions Paul and Barnabas to go out and preach the Gospel. The believers there gather together to send these two off in prayer and in fasting. This highlights the fact that every church should be a “sending church” that seeks to send its members out to proclaim the Gospel. The church is not just for gathering together, it is also for the purpose of sending out, expanding, and bringing the hope of Jesus to the lost. As we go out from Hope every weekend, we are being “sent” to promote the Gospel wherever God has planted us – in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our workplaces.
“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go always, not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most. Observe: It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance, and with all your power to build them up in that holiness without which they cannot see the Lord.”
– John Wesley
The Works of John Wesley