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Six Lessons from a Missionary Church

After Stephen was killed and Saul began to persecute Christians in Judea, many fled the area, proclaiming the gospel as they went.  Some came to a city called Antioch, 300 miles north of Jerusalem, and shared the gospel with gentiles living there.  This was the start of the church that would become the HQ for the Gentile Mission in the early days of the Church.  Some of the greatest leaders and pastors in history served in Antioch, including Barnabas, Paul, Peter, Ignatius, Theophilus, Lucian, and John Chrysostom.  It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first labeled "Christians."  As we study this amazing church, we'll learn six lessons about being a missionary church filled with mission-minded Christians.

WORKtogether

Last week we looked at the letter to the church at Ephesus to see how essential being ONEtogether really is for a church family.  This week, Paul takes it to the next level.  Now that we know who we want to be, what do we do?  It's simple:  WORKtogether.  Gone are the days of sitting on the sideline watching a few people who are in need of rest being watched by the crowd badly in need of spiritual exercise.  The family of Pontiac Bible Church will WORKtogether to the glory of God & the expansion of His Kingdom.

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