The Acts of The Holy Spirit
May 22nd, 2016

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Acts 14:8-18 In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them.





The Word Adds and Divides
May 15th, 2016

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

Then a mob of Gentiles and Jews, along with their leaders decided to attack and stone them. When the apostles learned of it, they fled to the region of Lycaonia – to the towns of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding area. And there they preached the Good News.





Jealousy Kills
May 8th, 2016

Jealousy Kills

ACTS 13:44-52 On the next Sabbath almost the entire city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.

Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”

When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region.

So Paul and Barnabas shook the dust from their feet in protest against the Jews and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

3 ROADBLOCKS OBSTRUCTING THE GOSPEL

___________ a dominant philosophy denying absolute truth exists, and argues for religious equality for all.

____________ which focuses on action and information and leaves little time for meditation or thinking.

______________ groups who only seek the “supernatural,” without a balanced theology. Thrill seekers, not thinkers!