Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it was wise to take him, because […]
Acts 15:22-29 – Is Your mind ruled by the Spirit?
Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers. With them they sent the following letter: To: The Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and […]
Acts 15:3-6 – How do you handle conflict?
The church sent them on their way (to Jerusalem), and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God […]
Acts 14:26-15:2 – Do you choose your battles wisely?
From there they went by ship to Antioch where they had been given to the Lord for His work. The work of this trip was done. When they got there, they called the church together. They told them everything God had done for them. They told how God had opened the door for the people […]
Acts 14:21-25 – What does God say about hardships?
They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them […]
Acts 14:16-20 – Why do we see fewer miracles today?
In past generations He allowed all the nations to go their own way although He did not leave Himself without a witness, since He did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and satisfying your hearts with food and happiness.” Even though they said these things, they barely stopped the […]
Acts 14:11-15 – How do you handle glory?
When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the form of men!” And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker. Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside […]
Acts 14:1-4 – Is it easy to do God’s will?
At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly […]