The Six Core Values of CBC: 3. Strategically Missionary – Rev Andrew Fitzgerald – Acts 11:19-30, 13:1-3

“While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)

The third value of CBC, taken from the example for church in Antioch is Strategically Missionary. From Acts 11:19-21 and 13:1-3 there are three influences for us. First, Christians in Antioch told the good news (11:20), scattered by persecution and to a Greek audience. We are similarly motivated to tell the good news, strategically not to Christians but to all who have yet to receive Him. Second, Christians in Antioch sent gifts to fellow believers (11:29-30). This may not have been strategic on their part, being generous to brothers and sisters suffering famine. But we are strategic in being generous to individuals and missionary organisations serving at home and abroad. Third, Christians in Antioch sent out believers (13:2-3). With obedience to the Holy Spirit, they set apart significant contributors from the church to serve God in wider mission. This is a beautiful calling of God for CBC too, with many sent to serve God in ministry and mission. We cannot ignore either, every Christian who is sent from CBC each Sunday to serve God in mission wherever He has placed them. How can you be used by God to fulfill this third value, both personally and with us as Christ’s church?