What Can Be Done?
#3 Blessings come from helping at-risk churches
Acts 11:27-30: “And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.”
Isn’t that amazing! Jerusalem helped Antioch get established. Then Antioch turned around and gave money to help the churches in Judea which included the church in Jerusalem. And that’s not all they did.
Acts 13:1-3: “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”
“Sent them away” is similar to the wording in 3rd John 6 and had to do with some kind of support. And so, this fledgling church – not Jerusalem – but Antioch became the hub for the first missionary journey.
Sending evangelists to help an at-risk congregation paid off big dividends for the Lord’s work and financial support for Jerusalem later on.