Traveling Teams Reach Neglected Areas
Anchor command: Go make disciples. “I aspired to preach the
gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on
another man's foundation.” Romans 15:20
Anchor story. Jesus sends workers to the villages
of Israel. Luke 10:1-20
Anchor verse. “The Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart
for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then,
when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them
away. Acts 13:2-3
Learning goal. Find how the apostles and their
co-workers worked together to reach the lost.
Growth goal. Practice working as a team in all
aspects of Christian ministry.
Skill goal. Form apostolic traveling teams and
empower them to plant churches.
Outcome goal. Several new teams are multiplying
Dear Lord, help us who
believe to join our efforts and work as a team like Jesus and His apostles
Jesus commissioned teams
Learn from the account of the
seventy that Jesus sent to Israel’s villages, Luke 10:20.
was it necessary first to pray to the Lord of the harvest for more workers?
what animal did Jesus come pair the dangers that they would face? Luke 10:3
much baggage allow them to take along? Luke 10:4
what type of home where they to stay? Luke 10:5-8
were the disciples to do and to proclaim? Luke 10:9
were they to do if the people resisted them? Luke 10:10-11
did Jesus tell them to rejoice about, when they returned to him, rather than
the fact that demons were subject to them? Luke 10:17-20
During the week…
teams of workers willing to go to neglected people.
the teams with prayer for the power of the Holy Spirit.
the teams report what God has done when they return.
the story of Jesus sending out his disciples, Luke 10: 1-20, and ask the
questions above. Encourage believers to discuss the answers.
hands on volunteer workers. Pray and commission them with God’s power.
the children present what they have prepared.
Memorize Proverbs 11:14.
Prepare with God’s Word to help
believers serve together in task groups,
as Barnabas did. He was a conscientious team worker.
cared for other people’s needs, and brought people together to work as a
team. Find in Acts 4:34-37 what he did to provide
for people in need.
in Acts 9:26-29 how Barnabas helped
believers in Jerusalem to accept Paul as a fellow worker.
in Acts 13:2-5 who Barnabas’ two team
members were, that the Antioch church sent.
A gospel teams visits homes
Moses worked closely with the elders of the tribes of
Israel, and God used him mightily. However, when he acted alone without other
elders, he let the people annoy him and angrily hit the rock from which God
had promised to produce water (Numbers 20:2-12) God punished him.
King David worked closely with soldiers, priests and prophets,
and God used him mightily. Acting alone, he took Uriah’s life and wife, and
God punished him (2 Samuel, chapters 11–12). Acting alone, he unwisely
counted the number of men of military age to compare the strengths of the
northern and southern tribes of the united kingdom, and God punished him (2
King Jehoshaphat consulted God’s prophets in ancient
Israel to make decisions. He also sent officials to work as a team to teach
the Word of God in the villages (2 Chronicles 17:7-9). However, other kings
acting alone made foolish decisions, such as when Ahab told Jehoshaphat that
he would hide his identity during the battle (1 Kings 22:30-38). He died a shameful
The prophet Elijah normally worked with a task group
of prophets whom he trained. However, when he was fleeing from the evil queen
Jezebel he unwisely left his servant behind and went on alone. He began to
feel disheartened and begged God to take his life (1 Kings 19).
Jesus formed an apostolic team of twelve workers, of whom Peter
later became leader. They scattered after Jesus’ arrest. Separated from them,
Peter denied Jesus three times. (Mark 14:66-72).
Paul, except when a prisoner, travelled with other workers.
When his team mate Titus was absent, he felt sad (2 Corinthians 2:12-13). When Titus joined the
task group again, he was greatly comforted (2 Corinthians 7:5-7).
Christ and the apostles formed only temporary teams.
teams were task groups, focused on a specific task.
the task was done, they moved on, often with different team members.
trained their team members, and then let them form their own teams.
example of a temporary team as the Antioch team, Barnabas, Paul and, for a brief
time, John Mark. This team stayed to do only for one missionary trip.
Read how an apostolic task group formed and what they
did, in Acts chapters 13 & 14.
in Acts 13:1-3 what God did to help the
Antioch church become a sending church.
in Acts chapters 13 and 14 different people who opposed the task group and
in Acts chapter 14 how the task group established leaders in the new
in Acts 14:26-28 how they kept their
sending church informed about what happened.
Plan with co-workers during the week, to form teams
that work together.
for help to prepare workers that God has given to your congregation to serve
as its apostles ('sent ones' who go to neglected people), as he promised to
do in Ephesians 4:11-12.
with your co-workers who among you is like Barnabas, who helped Paul get
started and helped his congregation become a sending church. Pray and lay
hands on them.
with other churches to send out an apostolic team.
new church planters with Shepherd’s Storybook from http:/paul-timothy.net
Paul and Barnabaa invited John-Mark to join their team
Additional, optional activities during worship.
celebrating the Lord’s Supper, ask everyone to confess their sins privately
someone tell the story in Numbers. 9:1-14 and explain the
importance of the Passover Feast for the people of ancient Israel and how it
corresponds to the Lord's Supper.
groups of two or three persons to pray and to assure, instruct or
correct one another in some way. Pray for church planting teams that you
have, or will have.