SUMMARY: City responds
OVERVIEW: Paul and Barnabas begin Paul’s first missionary journey. Jealous Jewish leaders expel them from the region, but the word of the Lord spread anyway.
BIG IDEA: God is preparing people to hear his good news.
KEY VERSE: Acts 13:44 (Paul and Barnabas preach)
The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Don’t worry about who gets the credit; just do what I have called you to do. When something astonishing happens for my glory, celebrate—whether you are recognized or not. I love you completely, and I want to fill you with life and purpose, but I am not interested in stroking your ego. There is much at stake. Lives are hanging in the balance. Recognize me and where I am working and get involved for my glory, not yours.
I have great plans for you. As you follow me and join me in what I’m doing, you will experience real life, you will know me deeply. Obeying my call won’t mean you’ll avoid hardship. Expect opposition. Expect pushback. But work with others and support others as you share my word with confidence. Trust my authority. Trust me to introduce you to many who are ready to hear and respond to my message.
Reach out to someone that you serve with or who serves at your church. Without jealousy, thank them and appreciate them for their gifts and service. Ask how you can help them in their ministry.
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