Sermons

A Hostile Mission Field (Acts 14:8-22)

Jo & Jerry Graham, July 3, 2016
Part of the Empowered To Overflow series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service

Bible Study

Introduction

When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He continued in His
mission of preaching the Good News to the poor, proclaim-
ing freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the
blind, releasing the oppressed and proclaiming the year of
the Lord’s favour (Luke 4:18-19). This is the assignment He
left for us. Jesus promised that this assignment would not
be easy. We would face many difficulties as we walk in this
mission. Paul and Barnabas, and indeed the other apostles
faced it in the course of their mission.

In this study we will interact with some instances where the
opposition for the Good News was ripe. May we find encour-
agement from the lessons we will draw from this study.

Text: Acts 14:8-22

Discussion Questions

1. From the passage;
a. What led the priest of Zeus to bring bulls and wreaths to
the city gates so as to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas?

b. How did Barnabas and Paul respond to the intention of the
people to offer sacrifices to them?

2. The apostles say that God has not left Himself without
testimony (vs.17), what do you understand by this statement
and why do you think the apostles said it?

3. In verse 11 the crowd was happy with Paul and Barnabas
while in verse 19 they stoned Paul, at the influence of Jews
from Antioch and Iconium. Why do you think they had such a
sudden change of heart?

4. In verse 20-22, we see apostles who know their mission
and are determined to achieve it. What is the fruit of this
determination and what lessons can we pick from the
apostles for our lives today?

Memory Verse: Acts 14:21-22

“They preached the good news 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.”

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