A Gospel Community is Theological

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem toContinue reading “A Gospel Community is Theological”

Gospel Reinforcement

…they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:21-22 (ESV) Oops. He did it again. Paul is back at it. After being threatened, beaten, stoned, andContinue reading “Gospel Reinforcement”

Good Deeds & Gospel Integrity

 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowedContinue reading “Good Deeds & Gospel Integrity”

Poisoned Minds & Gospel Perseverance

Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. Acts 14:1-2 The Gospel, faithfully preached, will never fail to pierce darkness and bringContinue reading “Poisoned Minds & Gospel Perseverance”

“A Gospel for All People”

And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. Acts 13:48-49 (ESV) People are hungry for the gospel. Paul and his companions show up teaching theContinue reading ““A Gospel for All People””

“Gospel Message”

“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.” Acts 13:26 Paul arrives as Pisidian Antioch and is invited to speak. The Pharisee become missionary, proceeds to establish common ground with his audience, “Men of Israel and those who fearContinue reading ““Gospel Message””

“Gospel Roots”

“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. …Continue reading ““Gospel Roots””

“Gospel Battle”

[This Jewish false prophet] was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Acts 13:7-8 As Paul andContinue reading ““Gospel Battle””

“Gospel Soil”

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which IContinue reading ““Gospel Soil””