In the book of Acts the story of the church at Antioch gives us a glimpse of what is available and necessary for a movement from God. While Antioch was not a perfect church, there are some foundational things that were present that allowed them to sustain as a thriving body in a very difficult time of persecution and tremendous growth.
Antioch was the third most powerful city in the Roman Empire behind Rome and Alexandria. It was a place known for business, commerce, sophistication and culture but also very much known for its immorality. So the birthing of the Gentile church in Antioch was nothing short of miraculous.
Acts chapters 11-13 give us the narrative of the gospel being preached in Antioch. It was the beginning of fulfillment of the words spoken by Jesus to preach the gospel to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. What is so amazing about this is that we see firsthand the gospel of Jesus Christ coming to, infecting and completely transforming an utterly pagan city. This gives me great hope that if a city like Antioch can be transformed, so can Pune and India, Rochester and USA.
I believe that God is doing a fresh work today and that a church built on Him will thrive in the face of persecution. There is a remnant rising from the ashes with a heart for harvest and evangelism. I believe that there is a fresh baptism in the love of the Word of God that is being poured out in this moment. God is releasing the mantles of identity to a fatherless generation who hunger and thirst for righteousness once again.
Giving and missions are at the center of His heart. You have made it possible for us to reach many this year for the sake of the Gospel. Would you please continue to pray for Pastors in the field, KSOM Graduates who are pastoring churches, KSOM Students, Girls Home and the Medical Clinic?