Monday, December 19, 2016

Missions in the New Testament - The Book of Acts

Verses about Missions in Acts

The entire book of Acts is a book about missions. In Acts 1:8, Jesus commissions the disciples to be witnesses to the "ends of the earth." They begin in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. They continue to Samaria in Acts 8. The Ethiopian Eunuch carries the Gospel to what was considered the ends of the earth after Phillip the Evangelist ministers to him on the desert road in Acts 8.  The door to heaven is opened to the Gentiles when Peter ministers to Cornelius in Acts 10. Paul goes on four missionary journeys throughout the known world until he reaches Rome, the center of the world during the First Century A.D. The book of Acts is a book of missions. 

Acts 1:8 (NKJV) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
- The Holy Spirit is the spirit of missions. His indwelling gives us the power to become missionaries, and not only the power, but also the desire.
Acts 2:5-12 On the day of Pentecost, people from around the world heard the Gospel proclaimed in their own tongues.
Acts 3:25 “He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring, all peoples on earth will be blessed.’”
Acts 9:15 “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings.”
Acts 11:18 “They praised God, saying, So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.”
Acts 13:47 (NKJV) For so the Lord has commanded us:I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.” This prophecy echoes the verse in Isaiah 49:6, “witnesses in all the earth.”
Acts 14:27 “They reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.”

Acts 28:28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”