WE MUST GO THROUGH MANY HARDSHIPS TO ENTER THE KINGDOM, Sarah Barry
THEY CONTINUED TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS
Passage: Acts 14:1~7
Key verse: 7
1. The powerful message of God's grace (1-4)
Paul and Barnabas had been persecuted in Antioch. They shook the dust from their feet and went to Iconium, where they continued to speak boldly for the Lord. God blessed their ministry there. A division arose between believers and non-believers. The Jews who refused to believe tried to poison the minds of the Gentiles against the apostles. But God worked mightily, confirming the message of his grace, and many people believed.
2. They continued to preach (5-7)
Paul's gospel preaching left no room for people to be neutral. People either accepted the gospel and were changed, or they violently opposed it. When God's servants challenge the strongholds of sin, the gospel does not bring peace, but a sword. The apostles discovered a plot against their lives, so they fled to Lystra, and on to Derbe--but they continued to preach the good news.
Prayer: Lord, give me courage to speak your word boldly, even when there is opposition. Teach me uncompromising faith.
One Word: Preach the good news