|A Macedonian Call?||Travis Collins, Senior Pastor||11/11/2012||Watch||Listen||Notes
A Macedonian Call?
They had been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia…. tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to…they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.
Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
After Paul had seen the vision we got ready to go, having concluded God had called us.
Why wouldn’t we do this?
Financial contributions to the budget are down.
We are not immune to national trends, and our future cannot be guaranteed.
This is really complicated.
We might stretch ourselves thin.
So why would we consider this?
More people come to Jesus in new approaches than in existing approaches.
God blesses “big decisions.”
“You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father” (John 8:15-16: The Message).
One asks first: is the decision reversible?
Then one asks, Is it a risk we can afford? All right, if it goes wrong, it hurts a little. Or is it a risk that, if things go wrong, will kill us?
Or the trickiest of them all, the risk we can’t afford not to take. (Peter Drucker)
What am I asking of you?
1) Educate yourself, and be part of the decision-making
2) Pray about being part of a launch team
3) Step up to fill gaps left by the launch team
“The Lord opened her (Lydia’s) heart to respond to Paul’s message.” (Acts 16:14).
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