2 Paul’s First Preaching Journey Acts 13:2-14:2810495768111131232
3 Places in Acts 14 Iconium: ~80 miles SE of Antioch, 1-5 Lystra: 18 miles SSW of Iconium, 6-20Derbe: About 40 miles E of Lystra, 21Returned to Lystra, Iconium & Antioch, 21-24Perga, 25Attalia, 25Antioch of Syria, 26-28
4 Speaking Boldly in the Lord, Acts 14:3 Purposes of gospel preachingProduce faith unto salvation, 14:1; Rom. 10:13-15; 2 Ths. 2:13-14Oppose faithlessness, 14:13-18Strengthen the souls of the disciples, 14:22Use the teaching opportunities God gives, 14:27; Eph. 6:19-20
5 Speaking Boldly in the Lord, Acts 14:3 Persuasive gospel preaching is built upon:Careful reasoning from the Scriptures, 14:1 (13:16-41)Reasoning and explaining, Acts 17:2-3Speaking true and reason, Acts 26:24-25Reason and result: Faith in the power of God, not men, 1 Cor. 2:1-5
6 Speaking Boldly in the Lord, Acts 14:3 Persuasive gospel preaching is built upon:Miraculous validation, 14:3; Mk. 16:20It is revelation from God, Gal. 1:11-12Miraculous validation of God’s power and approval, 14:8-10Irrefutable evidence, 1 Cor. 2:4-5; Heb. 2:3-4
7 Speaking Boldly in the Lord, Acts 14:3 Persuasive gospel preaching is built upon:Faithfulness of the Lord, 14:22; 1 Cor. 1:9Result: Boldness in preaching the gospel! 14:3; 2 Tim. 1:7-8
8 Facing PersecutionGospel naturally produces conflict and persecution, Lk. 12: :26, 22-23; 2 Tim. 3:10-12; Phil. 1:27-30Opportunities, 1 Cor. 16:9; Phil. 1:12-14Resist the temptation to shrink backCommitment to the work, Acts 14:3
9 Perseverance of the Faithful Acts 14:21-27 We enter the kingdom of God through many tribulationsPersecution endured through patient faith, 14:22Paul and Barnabas are a pattern of perseverance, Acts 14:5-7, 19-21; 2 Tim. 3:11Faith comforts and sustains the persecuted, 14:22; Heb. 11:35-39Faith in God’s grace and strength, 2 Cor. 12:9-10Conscience toward God, 1 Pet. 2:19-23
10 Perseverance of the Faithful Acts 14:21-27 Keep doing God’s work, 14:22-23; Cor. 15:58Strengthen the brethren to continue in the faith (11:23)Develop leaders in the churches: Appoint eldersElders help us continue in the faith, Heb. 13:17Qualified and made elders by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28)
11 Perseverance of the Faithful Acts 14:21-27 Be assured that God is doing His work through you, 14:26-27Gospel work is God’s work, not the work of menGod is working in us to accomplish His purpose when we faithfully obey, Phil. 2:12-13God is making you complete, Heb. 13:20-21Blessed assurance!
12 Commended to the Grace of God Acts 14:26-27 Does not mean Christians will live free of trials, trouble and trauma (26)Does mean God will use you to do His work (27)
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