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Antioch Model of Sending Church
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:1-3)
In modern mission work today, we often hear the term 'becoming the Church of Antioch'. This term is used to mean becoming a hub or center where works of mission and evangelism spread. The basis of which the Church of Antioch is from Acts 13:1-3 where the church worshipped, fasted, prayed and the Holy Spirit spoke to them to commission Paul and Barnabas for the works of mission. It was from Antioch that Paul and Barnabas began their missionary journey bringing the gospel of Christ throughout the known western world of that time. Antioch was the gateway connecting the east and west of the Roman Empire. It was a center of vibrant commerce, culture and international community lived and interacted. We see the example of a diverse community in the church, for example: Barnabas and Paul (Jews), Simeon (African), Lucius (Cyrene - modern day Libya) and Manaen (Midde-Eastern).
I thank the Lord for the way He has blessed us at St. Patrick’s Church. Many of us have come to know Jesus personally in this Church. We have grown in His grace and many are also blessed with wealth and gifting.
The Lord has made us as His channels of blessing to the community around us through education and many other ways. And He has also empowered us to do church planting and mission works.
We specially welcome and thank Dean Chak Sen Fen for ministering at St. Patrick’s Church next weekend. He is also our Diocesan Mission Board Chairman. I am sure we will all be blessed by his ministry of the Word in all our services.
- Bishop John Yeo