Kinetic

Kinetic

Definition: relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion

God has called and commanded us to be missionary Christians – people who focus on reaching others with the love of Christ.

 Once again, here is the commission Jesus gave His Church: Matthew 28:18-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus doesn’t tell us to do something without giving us the grace and power to accomplish it. Therefore, He said I am going to build my Church on myself and I am going to empower it.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus started the Church in motion in Acts 2 by unleashing the Holy Spirit to empower us. There is no need for us to have stress, fear, or worry. We can have absolute confidence in the Holy Spirit to build Christ’s Church. However, He uses us in the process as we “Go”. He put the Church into motion and it is unstoppable.

Matt 16:18 …and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church; not even our mistakes can stop it.

We saw persecution begin in Acts 4 and the disciples’ response. The persecution did not stop the kinetics of the Church. It continued to move on into Samaria and into neighboring regions, which brings us to today’s text.

Acts 13:1-3: 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.

Here again we see the strong emphasis on PRAYER that the early church had. They did not move on their own. They were not nervous. They waited on the kinetic movement of the Holy Spirit to direct them. While they were worshipping and fasting, the Holy Spirit moved them to begin a divine mission! They were to send out Barnabas and Saul, who is Paul. We read about Saul’s conversion in Acts 9.

Acts 13:4-12 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.”

Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

There are two kinds of people: - Those who are reaching people with the love of Christ, like Paul and Barnabas, and those who are trying to hinder people from believing in Jesus, like Elymas. But Elymas could not stop the kinetic movement of God. God stopped Elymas by making him blind.

Acts 13:13-45 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.”

Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country, he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert, he overthrew seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as their inheritance. All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

“From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you think I am? I am not that one. No, but he is coming after me, whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

“Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.

“We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:” ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father. The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words:”

‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’ So it is stated elsewhere:”

‘You will not let your Holy One see decay.’ “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.

“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you: “‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’”

As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.

Let’s review what happened.

• v.15-38 They invited Paul to speak in the synagogue. Paul preached JESUS, His death and resurrection: “through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” In other words, he preached, “Jesus died for your sins and rose again to give you a new life, His life, today!” That is the same message we are to share.
• v.42-45 The people asked them to come back and preach again next week. Almost the whole city came to hear the word of God. This made the Jews jealous, and they opposed the message. Whenever the Gospel is preached in power, some will oppose it, even religious people!

They answered the Jews: Acts 13:46-52 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us:” ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

See the important theme in Paul’s preaching: Jesus came to bring salvation to everyone. Notice the Word of God spread and the preachers were persecuted, just as Jesus predicted. Nevertheless, they moved on and kept preaching. As they went forward, the disciples were filled with JOY and the Holy Spirit! The joy of the Holy Spirit makes you want to tell somebody—what Jesus has done for you, even during persecution! They had God’s kinetic power and it affected everyone who heard the Gospel. There was joy for the believers and anger for the unbelievers.

Again, God has called us to be missionary Christians – a body of believers who focus on reaching people with the love of Christ. A missionary is not someone who crosses the sea, but someone who sees the Cross, and crosses the street.

ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GREAT COMMISSION.
If you are a believer, then Jesus has called you to share the Good News with other people. Lost people in the world are going to hell because they don’t know God’s love! Our job is to present JESUS to the world as the Savior, Healer, joy-giver, and King!

ALL CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE MOVED WITH COMPASSION FOR THE LOST:
Matthew 9:36-38 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

If you are a believer, then Jesus wants you to reach people with His love. When Jesus saw the crowds of people, He had compassion on them. We are to do the works of Jesus. We need to lift up our eyes and see the plentiful harvest all around us. A field that is ready for harvest appears dead, dried up, beaten up by the weather, and unusable. The grain is not visible. It is only after a lot of effort is made to remove the chaff that we begin to see the fruit appear. Therefore, lift up your eyes and take another look at the dried up, beaten up people that Jesus calls “the harvest.” As we spend time with them, ministering to them while God removes the chaff, we will begin to see the fruit appear in their lives.

ALL CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO DO GOOD DEEDS TO GLORIFY GOD:
Matt. 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

If you know Jesus, then you have the answer the world is looking for! Tell them about Jesus and your relationship with Him. Bring them to church. Show God’s love to people in real, practical, and tangible ways. Look for opportunities to do good. God has blessed us to be a blessing – freely we have received, let’s freely give. Never pass up an opportunity to pray with someone.

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Do we believe this passage as soundly as we believe John 3:16? (quote it and repeat John 14:12) If not, why not? Is it the word “greater” that gives us doubt? Maybe we don’t understand. It is not us doing greater works, but Jesus in us. Because Jesus went to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to be in all of us. The Holy Spirit enables us to do even greater things together as the Body of Christ than Jesus did alone. That is the kinetic power Jesus Christ unleashed world-wide on His Church and it is unstoppable!

So, do you have the power of God in your life, moving you to share Jesus Christ with the world as you go? If not, ask Him for the power of the Holy Spirit today, for apart from Him you can do nothing. The promise is same to you as it was for Paul, who said in Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”(NKJV)

If you have never given your life to Jesus, He wants to get you moving today. You cannot save yourself, but Jesus will give you the start you need today. Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, admit your sin and need for salvation. Give your old dead life to Christ and bury it in baptism. He will give you a kinetic new life by filling you with His Holy Spirit.

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