Monday, February 7, 2011
Losing Some Sunday School Teachers
Act 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Antioch Church, where they were first called Christians, had 5 adult Sunday school teachers. They were Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius Manaen and Saul. Now, these weren't just your run of the mill, Sunday morning only Christians. These were ministering, fasting, praying, hard-working, soul-winners.
But 40% of their teacher corps is about to be lost to the mission field. Antioch's loss, the world's gain. Antioch's sacrifice would mean churches planted in Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, Rome, Thyatira, Pergamum, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Sardis, Laodicea and Lincoln, Nebraska.
Oh, that the Holy Ghost would count our workers faithful enough to separate many of them unto great works whereunto He has called them.