Sermon Recap: New Mission (Acts 16:14-34)

This is a recap of the latest sermon in our new series: Grace Changes Everything. 

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God has called us into mission wherever He sends us. So long as the Bay Area is our home, it is our mission field. In His wisdom, we encounter people who are in all kinds of life circumstances. Our call is to persevere in loving and serving them with the gospel of Christ. 

For Every People

Most people think that religion divides rather than unites. The gospel creates unity because of the radical nature of grace. We see this in how Paul has no hesitation in interacting with three entirely different people. They differ in gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. All three are people who typically seen as lesser in the Jewish world. Nonetheless, these are three of the first converts to the Philippian church.

For Every Situation

The gospel applies to every situation of life. There are no set of circumstances where the good news of Christ does not apply. For Lydia, she sought a rational and beautiful connection between spiritual rules she admired and the longings of her soul. The slave girl experienced freedom in both the physical and spiritual realm. Lastly, the jailer who lived a life of lawful rigidity felt the full power of undeserved grace and mercy. Being on mission doesn’t mean waiting for certain situations to arise. It means speaking and living out the gospel at all times in all places.

Present Perseverance

Being on mission is not easy. The slave girl hounded Paul and Silas for days. These men were also humiliated, beaten, and imprisoned for the gospel. Yet even in jail, they praised and prayed to God, knowing that their lives were hidden in Christ. We live in a place of constant change, where everything new quickly becomes old and gets tossed out. What our communities need is a faith that perseveres, that is here to stay, that will not leave but will walk alongside others.

Reflection & Application Questions

  1. What type of people do you find it easy to talk about Jesus with? What type of people are hard? Why shouldn’t it matter?
  2. How did the gospel “click” for you? What type of situation were you in or what kind of questions did you have when you finally came to faith?
  3. What are the different ways you’ve seen the gospel work in the lives of others? How has it been  different from your own personal experience?
  4. What does it mean to be present in a place where people are constantly coming and going?
  5. What does it look like to persevere with difficult people or difficult circumstances in your life? Why does this matter to a world that’s watching?