148th Annual Pike County Baptist Association Fall Meeting & Worship Celebration

What is Wrong and What Can We Learn from the Church in Antioch That Changed the World?

Acts 11:19-30

    1. Effective Evangelism (v.19-21)
    2. Dynamic Discipleship (v.22-26) They disciple the Antioch Christians in three ways:
    3. Mercy Ministry (v.27-30)
    1. In these verses we see some of the reasons the church in Antioch— a model missionary church that changed the world.

Common traits of Churches that Reach Young Adults

Ed Stetzer’s research looked at churches that were actually reaching young adults. They surveyed almost 200 churches to search for trends and found a series of common characteristics in these churches that are effectively reaching young adults.  Here is what these churches were doing:

1.) Creating Deeper Community

Churches that are effective at attracting and developing young adults place a high value on moving people into a healthy small group system.  Young adults are trying to connect and will make a lasting connection wherever they can find belonging.

2.) Making a Difference through Service

Churches that are transforming young adults value leading people to serve through volunteerism.  More than being pampered, young adults want to be part of something bigger than themselves and are looking to be part of an organization where they can make a difference through acts of service.

3.) Experiencing Worship 

Churches that are engaging young adults are providing worship environments that reflect their culture while also revering and revealing God.  More than looking for a good performance, young adults desire to connect with a vertical experience of worship.

4.) Leveraging Technology

Churches that are reaching young adults are willing to communicate in a language of technology familiar to young adults. Young adults sense that these churches are welcoming churches that value and understand them, engaging them where they are.

5.) Building Cross-generational Relationships

Churches that are linking young adults with older, mature adults are challenging young adults to move on to maturity through fellowship, wisdom, and support.  Young adults are drawn to churches that believe in them enough to challenge them. 

6.) Moving Toward Authenticity

Church that are engaging young adults are reaching them not only by their excellence but by their honesty.  Young adults are looking for and connecting to churches where they see leaders that are authentic, transparent, and on a learning journey.

7.) Leading by Transparency

Churches that are influencing young adults highly value an incarnation approach to ministry and leadership.  then incarnation approach does not require revealing one’s personal sin list so much as it does require that those in leadership must be willing to express a personal sense of humanity and vulnerability.

8.) Leading by Team

Increasingly churches reaching young adults seem to be taking a team approach to ministry.  They see ministry not as a solo venture but as a team sport— and the broader participation it creates increases the impact of ministry.


  1. What practices from the list about is our church currently doing?  What things are these churches doing that we are not doing?
  2. What are some practical steps/ways we can take that will cause our church to be more welcoming for young adults?
  3. What obstacles do we currently face that is stopping us from reaching and resonating with young adults?
  4. Notice that those who had been critical of Peter (v.2) fell silent (v.18) and then glorified God.  They were willing to change their minds and retract their opinions based on Peter’s testimony regarding God’s Word.  When was the last time you changed your mind on something important to you and how you live, based on what you saw or were shown in God’s Word?
  5. Why is the united decision of the body of believers in this passage great news for us today?
  6. Look again at what Luke has told us so far in the book of Acts about Barnabas.  What would it look like for you to be a Barnabas in your church?
  7. The church in Antioch was known for its witness to non-Christians (v.20-22), for its loyalty to Christ (v.26), and for its generosity toward other believers (v.29).  To what extent are these qualities things that your church is known for? How about you personally?
  8. Why is the church of Antioch so significant?
  9. What made the evangelist in Antioch so effective?
  10. Why should Christians value diversity in the church? How can diversity in leadership help attract and reach unbelievers?

Family Ministry Resources

Family Devotional for Everyone

  • Jesus the Hero Family Devotional by David Prince.
  • Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski


Children’s Bibles

  • My First Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Tyndale, 2005)—with a blue or pink cover.
  • The Adventure Bible for Early Readers, New International Reader’s Version, (Zonderkidz, 2000, 2008).
  • ESV Children’s Bible, English Standard Version, (Crossway, 2005,

Audio Bible

  • Inspired by the Bible Experience: Old and New Testament, Audio CDs (Zondervan, 2006)—Dramatic reading of the entire New Testament in a modern version by a cast of African-American actors and pastors. A free Bible Experience podcast is available for iTunes at Zondervan’s website.

Scripture Memory

  • My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts by Susan Hunt. (Crossway, 1998)—Bible verses for each letter of the alphabet. Each verse is related to life situations with an easy-to-read children’s story.
  • Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music)—This set of CDs puts scripture to rock tunes. This isn’t necessarily just for kids. Adults will enjoy it too.

Questions and Answers

  • Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God by Susan and Richie Hunt (Crossway, 1999)—Devotional stories and application questions based on a Presbyterian version of the “Catechism for Boys and Girls.”
  • My 1st Book of Questions and Answers by Carine MacKenzie (Christian Focus, 2001).
  • Truth and Grace Memory Books, volumes 1-3, by Thomas K. Ascol (Founders Press, 2005)—Catechism and Scripture memory for ages 2 -18.
  • The Big Book of Questions and Answers: A Family Devotional Guide to the Christian Faith by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Christian Focus, 1997.)

Prayers for Children:

  • I Can Say to God, I Love You by Carine MacKenzie, Prayer Board Books series (Christian Focus, 2001)—A prayer book with prayer responses for young children that teaches them to praise God for his love and care. Other titles in this series include: I Can Say to God, Thank You; I Can Say to God, Please; I Can Say to God, I’m Sorry.
  • My Thankful Heart by Sally Lloyd-Jones, (Tyndale, 2004)—An illustrated board book that teaches prayers of gratitude to children.
  • My 1st Book of Bible Prayers by Philip Ross (Christian Focus, 2004)— Model prayers for children based on Bible verses.


  • A Quest for Godliness by Packer 
  • Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas 
  • Fox’s Collection Maryrs of the World 
  • George Muller by Roger Steer 
  • James Petigru Boyce by Tom Nettles 
  • Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas
  • Servant on the Edge of History by James 
  • The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain H. Murray 
  • The Five Who Changed the World by Akin
  • To The Golden Shores by Anderson
  • 21 Servants of Sovereign Joy by John Piper

Infants and Toddlers (ages 0-3)

  • The Bible’s Big Story by James M. Hamilton Jr. (illustrated by Tessa Jones).
  • Baby’s First Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, The First Bible Collection, (Reader’s Digest, 1996).
  • Christian Focus’ Shaped Board Books series by Hazel Scrimshire, (Christian Focus, 1998)—Titles include Safe at Sea, The Special Baby—Jesus, Big Picnic, Safe with the Lions, The Kind Man, Big Crash, Amazing Jar of Oil, Little Rich Man, and The Singing Shepherd.
  • Lift-the-flap Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Standard/Reader’s Digest, 2001). Bible Storybooks for Toddlers (age 2-3):
  • A Bible Alphabet and A Bible Alphabet Activity Book by Alison Brown, (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2007).
  • Read-Aloud Bible Stories, 4 volumes, by Ella K Lindvall (Moody Press, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1995).
  • The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm (Crossway, 2004).
  • The Toddler’s ABC Bible Storybook and 123 Bible Storybook by Carolyn Larsen (Crossway, 2007).
  • Little Hands Life of Jesus by Carine Mackenzie (Christian Focus, 2008).
  • I Can Say to God, I Love You by Carine MacKenzie, Prayer Board Books series (Christian Focus, 2001)—A prayer book with prayer responses for young children that teaches them to praise God for his love and care. Other titles in this series include: I Can Say to God, Thank You; I Can Say to God, Please; I Can Say to God, I’m Sorry.
  • I Love My Bible! by Debby Anderson, (Crossway, 2005, 2008).
  • God Knows Everything by Carine MacKenzie, Learn About God series (Christian Focus, 1999)—basic scriptures about God’s knowledge in a board book format for our youngest kids. The “Learn About God” board books also include the titles God Is Faithful, God Never Changes, God Is Everywhere, God Has Power, and God Is Kind. Some of the titles are available as coloring books.
  • Most of All, Jesus Loves You! by Noel Piper, (Crossway, 2004).
  • Do You Want a Friend by Noel Piper

Music for Toddlers:

  • Songs that Jesus Said: Scripture Into Music, by Keith and Kristyn Getty (Getty Music, 2005).
  • Teach Me While My Heart is Tender by Judy Rogers (Judy Rogers, 1995)—A delightful CD with songs written to help young children memorize basic biblical truths.
  • Fighter Verse App by Desiring God Ministries has memory verses set to music. 

Preschoolers (ages 4-5)

  • Mark’s Marvelous Book: Learning About Jesus Through the Gospel by Alan Mann.
  • God Made All of Me by Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb (illustrated by Trish Mahoney).
  • God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri
  • 365 Bible Stories for Young Hearts, (Crossway, 2006).
  • The Christian Focus Story Bible by Carine MacKenzie (Christian Focus, 2004).
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every story whispers his name, by Sally Lloyd- Jones (Zondervan, 2007).
  • The Life of Jesus for the Very Young by Isobel Tallach (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1982).
  • The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross: The True Story of Why Jesus Died and Rose Again by Carl Laverton Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri
  • This Is No Fairy Tale by Dale Tolmasoff (Crossway, 2005).
  • I Believe: The Nicene Creed illustrated by Pauline Baynes, (Eerdmans, 2003).
  • My Thankful Heart by Sally Lloyd-Jones, (Tyndale, 2004)—An illustrated board book that teaches prayers of gratitude to children.
  • My 1st Book of Bible Prayers by Philip Ross (Christian Focus, 2004)—Model prayers for children based on Bible verses.
  • Pastor Daddy by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Gilles; illustrated by Tessa Janes, (Sojourn Community Church, 2008)—a book about the Christian doctrine of the home as a “little church” where the father leads his family to worship the one true God.
  • Our Home is Like a Little Church by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Giles Illustrated by Tessa Janes
  • What is the Church by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell Illustrated by Tessa Janes
  • What is the Gospel by Mandy Groce Illustrated by Tessa Janes

Suggested Music for Preschoolers (age 4-5):

  • Awesome God by Sovereign Grace Kids (Sovereign Grace Music, 2004)— A biblically faithful CD of worship music for kids.

For Grades 1-2 (ages 6-7)

  • Proof Pirates: Finding the Treasure of God’s Amazing Grace, by Lindsey Blair, Timothy Paul Jones, and Jonah Sage (illustrated by Tessa Jones).
  • The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung (illustrated by Don Clark).
  • Carine Mackenzie’s Bibletime (illustrated by Duncan Maclaren), Bible Wise (illustrated by Fred Apps), and Bible Alive (illustrated by Jeff Anderson) series (Christian Focus Publications) contain close to forty biblically faithful and inexpensive titles including Jesus: The Promised Child.
  • The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos (6th edition, Eerdmans, 2004).
  • The New Children’s Bible by Anne de Vries, Illustrated by Fred Apps (Christian Focus, 2004).
  • The ESV Illustrated Family Bible (Crossway, 2008)—selected passages from the ESV. This is a good bridge between a bible storybook and a children’s Bible.
  • The Big Book of Questions & Answers About Jesus: A Family Guide to Jesus Life and Ministry by Sinclair B. Ferguson (Christian Focus, 2008).
  • Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin, (Eerdmans, 1985)—retelling of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress in a chapter book on a 4th grade reading level. This allegory of the Christian life is appropriate for parents to read chapter by chapter to children as young as four. A DVD version is now available as well (Vision Video).
  • Queen Victoria’s Request: A Story of Grace and Mercy by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, (Christian Focus, 2008).
  • Tell Me About Heaven by Randy Alcorn (Crossway, 2007).
  • The King Without a Shadow by R. C. Sproul (P & R, 1996).

Suggested Music for Grades 1-2 (age 6-7):

  • Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music)—This set of CDs puts scripture to rock tunes. This isn’t necessarily just for kids. Adults will enjoy it too.

For Grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

  • The Ology by Marty Machowski (illustrated by Andy McGuire).
  • Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor (illustrated by Jenny Brake).
  • Grandpa’s Box by Starr Meade, (P & R, 2005).
  • Gumtree Gully: A ‘Two Ways to Live’ Bush Yarn by Kel Richards, (Matthias Media, 2005).
  • Herein is Love: A Commentary Series for Children, From Paradise to Promise Land: Genesis- Joshua, volumes 1-6, by Nancy E. Ganz, (Shepherd Press, 2002-2006).
  • The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith, by Champ Thornton (New Growth Press, 2016)

Suggested Music for Grades 3-5 (age 8-10):

  • Hide the Word: Scripture Memory Songs, Volumes 1-8, by Mark Altrogge (Forever Grateful Music)—This set of CDs puts scripture to rock tunes. This isn’t necessarily just for kids. Adults will enjoy it too.

For Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)

  • A Guide to Biblical Manhood by Stinson and Dumas
  • Christian Beliefs by Grudem 
  • Crazy Busy by DeYoung
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris 
  • Don’t Waste Your Sports by CJ Mahaney 
  • Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper 
  • Evangelism by Stiles
  • 50 Crucial Questions by John Piper 
  • Follow Me by David Platt
  • Gospel Revolution: Recovering the Power of Christianity by JD Greear
  • How to Give Your Faith Away by Little
  • How We Got the Bible by Timothy Paul Jones 
  • I am a Church Member by Rainer 
  • I Will by Thom Rainer
  • Knowing God by JI Packer 
  • Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper 
  • Manly Dominion by Chanski
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon 
  • Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris 
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan 
  • Radical by David Platt
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Whitney 
  • Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by Greear
  • The Baptist Faith and Message (Study Edition) by Charles S. Kelley Jr., Richard Land, and R. Albert Mohler Jr. 
  • The Blazing Center by John Piper 
  • The Case for Christ by Strobel
  • The New City Catechism Devotional edited by Collin Hansen (Crossway, 2017)
  • Unanswered by Jeremiah J. Johnston
  • Unfolded by Eric Geiger
  • Unpacking Forgiveness by Brauns 
  • What is Biblical Theology by Hamilton

College Students

  • Christ or Chaos by Dan Dewitt 
  • How to Stay Christian in College by Budziszewski
  • Jesus or Nothing by Dan Dewitt 
  • Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung.
  • Live Smart by Dan Dumas
  • The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  • The Explicit Gospel by Chandler 
  • The God Who is There by Schaeffer
  • The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness by Opitz & Melleby 
  • The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • Thriving at College by Chediak 
  • University of Destruction by Wheaton 
  • Welcome to College by Morrow
  • What’s Best Next by Matthew Perman
  • Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God by Joshua Harris


  • A Parent Privilege by Wright and Graves 
  • Adopted for Life by Russell Moore 
  • Building Strong Families by Rainey 
  • 11 Ways to Give Your Kids a Heart for the Nations by Brian Rhodes (Awana, 2014) 
  • Family Worship by Donald Whitney
  • God, Marriage, and Family by Kostenberger
  • Gospel Powered Parenting by Farley 
  • Grounded in the Gospel by JI Packer 
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tripp 
  • Praying the Bible by Whitney 
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tripp 
  • The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children by Larry Fowler (Awana, 2014) 
  • Trained in the Fear of God by Stinson and Jones