MT. OLIVE MISSION STATEMENT:
To develop devoted disciples by reaching, building and sending.
The 12 teaching messages in this series by Pastor Ken Williamson encourage and instruct our congregation (presented from August through November, 2015) about many Biblical things we need to know and do in order to succeed in fully implementing the powerful declaration (that we repeat in some form at almost every regular worship service) from our Mount Olive Lutheran Church’s Mission Statement.
How to become a Reaching, Building and Sending Church
—Introduction, part 1
Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3
More about Antioch from Wikipedia:
According to Acts 11:19-26, the Christian community at Antioch began when Christians who were scattered from Jerusalem because of persecution fled to Antioch. They were joined by Christians from Cyprus and Cyrene who migrated to Antioch. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first referred to as Christians.
A main point of interest, however, is connected with the progress of Christianity among the non-Jewish believers. Tradition holds that the first Gentile church was founded in Antioch, Acts 11:20-21, where it is recorded that the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians Acts 11:19-26. It was from Antioch that St. Paul started on his missionary journeys.
part 12, completing the series on implementing Mt. Olive Lutheran Church’s mission statement.