Sermon Notes May 29, 2022

It’s All About Me 

1. Let me put it this way  – it can’t be all about ________ and all about _____ at the same time. 

Acts 8:1,4, “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 4Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” 

2. It turns out this __________________ served as a catalyst to spread Christian faith to regions that had yet to hear the message about Jesus. 

3. This trip from Jerusalem to Damascus one-way would have taken Paul almost _______________________________. 

Acts 11:19-21, “Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” 

Acts 11:25-26, “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” 

4. The early Church didn’t interpret the persecution as               _____________________________________________ against them. 

Acts 11:27-28, “During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)” 

5. Their questions in light of the famine —

       A) Who will be at _____________________?

       B) How can we ______________________?

       C) Who should we ____________________? 

Acts 11:29-30, “The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.” 

6.  It was unheard of in ancient times, to be _____________________ toward someone who could not or would not be generous in return.