The Marks of a Missional Heart Back to all sermons

Date: June 27, 2014

Speaker: Pastor Raul Santos

Scripture: Acts 11:19–11:26


ABCs of the Korean Church
So what is a church that is truly pleasing to God?
What makes-up a “missional church”?
Misconceptions of what “missional” means
Background to Acts 11

1. Committed to CHRIST

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, telling the message only to the Jews.

1. Commitment to Christ is . . .

  • Not the same as to the church – Jerusalem Church scattered (Acts 8:4)
  • Is not hampered by hardship and persecution (v.19) – *verse from Bless The Lord Oh My Soul
  • How did the diaspora show their commitment to Christ? – Obedience to the Gospel
  • What is the greatest evidence of our commitment to Christ – knowledge of Scripture, great prayer life vs Fruit of the Spirit
  • When we are committed to the CALL, people will get saved (v.21)
  • Story of Nanay Lety

2. Committed to God’s CALL

20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord.

  • Evidence of this commitment – Converts from Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch (v. 20)
  • Commitment wasn’t only to the Lost – but to the Lost in All The Nations
  • They went in response to the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8)
  • Why Paul’s ambition (Ro. 15:20)
  • Why is God’s CALL so important? Mt. 24:14 – are we truly committed to bringing King Jesus back (stats of the least reached)
  • John Piper – “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t”
  • KAIROS 4th Edition Reader, GOD, HIS MISSION, & HIS WORLD – “God’s purpose in this age is to gather for Himself a people of all the nations of the world.”
  • Are we committed to His CALL to His Church?
  • Who surrounds us where we are?
  • Why are we here?
  • Implications of the “scattering”
  • Story of Ferdie U

3. Committed to God’s CHARGE

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

What is God’s CHARGE to His Church?

  • Is our goal just to make converts?
  • Mt. 28:19-20 – “make disciples” (commitment to be a Christ-follower who makes Christ-followers who are gathered into Christ-worshipping Faith Communities)
  • Are we just converts or genuine
  • Are we just converts or genuine Christ-followers ourselves?
  • How do we make disciples – v.26
  • Are we being discipled by someone and are we discipling someone?
  • What we are encouraged to do at RCoD
  • Dt. 6:6-9; 2 Tim. 4:2
  • How was I discipled? How am I discipling my children?


  • Do we want truly desire to worship God in all that we say and do?
  • Are we willing to grow missional hearts to accomplish this?
  • Are we committed to CHRIST or just to His Church?
  • Are we committed to His CALL to His Church?
  • Are we committed to His CHARGE to His people?
  • *Story of Robert Morrison