What stood out to you from Sunday’s message?
Read Acts 14:1-28
Paul and Barnabas continue their journey by visiting three more cities to proclaim the gospel and plant churches. Paul and Barnabas model Christian perseverance in the face of opposition and teach these new churches to continue in the faith even through tribulation. God has never promised us an easy and glamorous life, but instead promises he is working for our good in all things. We are called to persevere and grow through suffering.
- When facing opposition, when should you persevere (v.3) and when should you move on (v.6)? How can we discern what to do in these situations?
- How is the lure of glory (Lystra) potentially as dangerous as violent opposition (Iconium)? How are they similar and how are they different?
- Paul says that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” What does he mean by that? What kind of tribulations should we expect?
- What are some of the good results that can come through difficulty? Can you think of a personal example?
- If the Christian life is a race, what are some of the habits and activities that will help us to “continue in the faith”?