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1 Preaching, Persecution and Perseverance

2 Paul’s First Preaching Journey Acts 13:2-14:28 2

3 Places in Acts 14 Iconium: ~80 miles SE of Antioch, 1-5 Lystra: 18 miles SSW of Iconium, 6-20 Derbe: About 40 miles E of Lystra, 21 – Returned to Lystra, Iconium & Antioch, Perga, 25 Attalia, 25 Antioch of Syria,

4 Purposes of gospel preaching – Produce faith unto salvation, 14:1; Rom. 10:13-15; 2 Ths. 2:13-14 – Oppose faithlessness, 14:13-18 – Strengthen the souls of the disciples, 14:22 – Use the teaching opportunities God gives, 14:27; Eph. 6:

5 Persuasive gospel preaching is built upon: – Careful reasoning from the Scriptures, 14:1 (13:16-41) Reasoning and explaining, Acts 17:2-3 Speaking true and reason, Acts 26:24-25 Reason and result: Faith in the power of God, not men, 1 Cor. 2:1-5 5

6 Persuasive gospel preaching is built upon: – Miraculous validation, 14:3; Mk. 16:20 It is revelation from God, Gal. 1:11-12 Miraculous validation of God’s power and approval, 14:8-10 Irrefutable evidence, 1 Cor. 2:4-5; Heb. 2:3-4 6

7 Persuasive gospel preaching is built upon: – Faithfulness of the Lord, 14:22; 1 Cor. 1:9 – Result: Boldness in preaching the gospel! 14:3; 2 Tim. 1:7-8 7

8 Gospel naturally produces conflict and persecution, Lk. 12: :26, ; 2 Tim. 3:10-12; Phil. 1:27-30 Opportunities, 1 Cor. 16:9; Phil. 1:12-14 – Resist the temptation to shrink back – Commitment to the work, Acts 14:3 8

9 We enter the kingdom of God through many tribulations – Persecution endured through patient faith, 14:22 Paul and Barnabas are a pattern of perseverance, Acts 14:5-7, 19-21; 2 Tim. 3:11 Faith comforts and sustains the persecuted, 14:22; Heb. 11:35-39 Faith in God’s grace and strength, 2 Cor. 12:9-10 Conscience toward God, 1 Pet. 2:

10 Keep doing God’s work, 14:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:58 – Strengthen the brethren to continue in the faith (11:23) – Develop leaders in the churches: Appoint elders Elders help us continue in the faith, Heb. 13:17 Qualified and made elders by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28) 10

11 Be assured that God is doing His work through you, 14:26-27 – Gospel work is God’s work, not the work of men – God is working in us to accomplish His purpose when we faithfully obey, Phil. 2:12-13 – God is making you complete, Heb. 13:20-21 – Blessed assurance! 11

12 Does not mean Christians will live free of trials, trouble and trauma (26) Does mean God will use you to do His work (27) 12


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