• W. Austin Gardner

The Failure of the First Church



Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 20:21


First God chose Israel then he put them to one side and chose the Jerusalem church, after them was Antioch and Macedonia then maybe Rome and Germany then England and now the USA. Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10


I. God's Eternal Purpose


Acts 1:8, souls

--a commission, a job to do, a challenge

II Peter 3:9,

I Timothy 2:4, 6


II. Took Preliminary Steps


Acts 5:28

they worried about their own people


III. There was a Leadership Problem


Acts 8:1


IV. The Power of God


God blessed greatly

Acts 2:41, 47, 4:4, 13, 5:14, 6:1, 7


V. Persecution sent from God


Acts 8:1-4


VI. Pioneers


Acts 8:4-5, 26, 10:1, 11:19-22


VII. Prospect


--God will put us to one side, eliminate us from his ministry

--Macedonia had to send offerings to Jerusalem which was the mother church

Romans 15:26

--God chose to use another church, even another nationality

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