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The Missionaries Return to Antioch

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Coming to the end of Paul's first missionary journey the brethren are strengthened and Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch the beginning of their journey.

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Acts 14:21–28 ESV
21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 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. 23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. 24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. 27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples.

Strengthening the Brethren

Acts 14:21
Acts 14:21–22 ESV
21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 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.
Paul mentions this again, rf. . Lystra and Derbe is where Paul will meet Timothy later, rf. .
Question v21: What was preached in Derbe? Answer: The Gospel was preached in Derbe.
Question: What is the Gospel and how do we preach it here in Brookfield? Answer: 1. Death Burial and Resurrection of Jesus 2. Salvation offered in Jesus 3. The New Life offered in Jesus 4. The Hope offered in Jesus 5. The Help offered in Jesus
Question v21: What good practice do we see established here by Paul and Barnabas as part of their missionary journey? Answer: Paul and Barnabas go back to the Churches they established, showing us a good pattern to follow up, revisit and continue teaching the disciples.
Paul and Barnabas go back to the Churches they established, showing us a good pattern to follow up, revisit and continue teaching the disciples.
Paul would follow this plan again, rf. .
cf. , ; ; ;
We need encouragement and more teaching. cf. ; ; Jesus reminds us to abide in His Word ; ; ; Paul tells Colossian Church to remain steadfast
Entering the Kingdom takes effort: ; ;
Entering the Kingdom will take some suffering: ; ; ; ; ;
Thought: What practices do we have today that follow this pattern? Response: One of the practices we have that follow Paul and Barnabas example is “New Converts Class”.
Discover cf. Hb. 5:12; attitude we need ;
Question v22: What must we go through to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Answer: We must go through many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Many tribulations, cf. ; Pe. 5:10

Elders in every Church

Acts 14:23 ESV
23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Question v22-23: What 3 ministerial efforts do Paul and Barnabas employee when they go back to the Churches? Answer: 1. They strengthen the brethren 2. Encourage steadfastness due to coming hardships 3. Establish leadership, Elders were appointed in every Church
Discover: ; Ja. 5:14; ;

Returning to Antioch

Acts 14:24-26
Acts 14:24–26 ESV
24 Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled.
Acts 13:1–3 ESV
1 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. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 13:1-3
Reminder: Whose idea was it for Paul’s first missionary journey? Response: It was the Holy Spirit’s idea for the missionary journey.
What ideas do you think God has for us evangelistically?
What’s are mindset as evangelist? cf. ; , , ; , 5-8

Declared all that God had Done

Acts 14:27–28 ESV
27 And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they remained no little time with the disciples.
Acts 14:
Question v27: What did Paul and Barnabas tell the Church when they arrived? Answer: Paul and Barnabas declared all that God had done with them.
Question v27: What had God done for the Gentiles? Answer: God had opened a door for the Gentiles to be saved.
Some teach there is nothing you can do where your salvation is concerned. If a door is opened what does one need to do in order to come in/be saved? there is something required to do here, you must walk in the door.
We should pray that God open doors for us, cf. ; ; ; Rev. 3:7-8
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