–Jerusalem Church: “And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. [11:19] Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word” -Acts 8:1, 4; 11:19 #NoPlaceLeftJudeaSamariaPhoeniciaCyprus
–Antioch Church: “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. 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. [15:23] (letter from Jerusalem council) “to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia” -Acts 13:2-3; 15:23 #NoPlaceLeftSyriaCiliciaEndsofEarth
–Pisidian Antioch Church: “And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region” -Acts 13:49 #NoPlaceLeftPisidia
–Thessalonican Church: “For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia” -1 Thessalonians 1:8 “from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ” -Romans 15:19 #NoPlaceLeftMacedoniaAchaiaIllyricum
–Ephesian Church: “This continued for two years, so that ALL the residents of Asia (8-15million) heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks” Acts 19:10 #NoPlaceLeftAsia
So Paul was able to say…”But now, since I have #NoPlaceLeft to work in these regions” -Romans 15:23
The churches Paul & others started in these cities by preaching the gospel turned around & got the gospel out to their surrounding regions! Churches took on the great commission task & got to #NoPlaceLeft! Will you? Will your church?
Remember, Jesus said…
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” -Acts 1:8
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” -Matthew 24:14
#NoPlaceLeft was His plan accomplished by His power all along!!