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Acts 14

January 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

“The same thing happened in Iconium.[a] Paul and Barnabas went to the Jewish synagogue and preached with such power that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. 2 Some of the Jews, however, spurned God’s message and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against Paul and Barnabas. 3 But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders. 4 But the people of the town were divided in their opinion about them. Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.” v. 1-4 (NLT)

As the Gospel began to spread many people were coming into a relationship with Christ while others were turning away and rejecting the teachings and testimonies about Jesus.  Paul and Barnabas were resilient in telling others about the Lord.  One day they would be favored and the next they would be hated by the same people.  In either case, praise or cursing, or in their case stoning, Paul and Barnabas didn’t hold back from sharing.  They knew it was more important to please God than to be popular with the people . . . even if that cost them their life.

These two men not only went to share the Good News, they developed leaders to take on the role of leading a church.

“After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, 22 where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. 23 Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” v. 21-23 (NLT)

Questions: Who is the next generation of leaders in The Church?  How am we, you and I, helping them take on that leadership with passion for Christ?  How could God use us to empower the Church today and tomorrow?

God wants to use us.  Sometimes we feel inadequate, but the reality is that He can take the ordinary and do extraordinary things with them.  That’s good news for you and me.  Today, lets ask God how we can make a difference for the Kingdom today and tomorrow, for this generation and the next!

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  1. Kristy
    January 12, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Mentoring!!!!! Can’t wait! =)

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