Paul, Silas, and Timothy are on their way to spread the gospel, but the Holy Spirit keeps them from sharing the word in Asia. He had other plans for them. In a vision, Paul sees a man in Macedonia requesting help. They travel to Macedonia where they meet Lydia who accepts Christ and opens her home to the travelers. Have we surrendered fully to the will of God? Or are we caught up in our own thoughts of how situations should play out?
Paul meets Timothy, the son of a Jewish mother and Greek father. He takes him under his wing to reach the Jews. Who have we taken under our wing? Are we discipling someone younger in the faith than us? We are commanded to go and make disciples.
Paul and Barnabas part ways after a disagreement, but God blesses their parting by reaching more areas with the Gospel. Follow the Lord's call in your life. If He tells you to go, go. If He tells you to stay, stay.
Are we law driven or love driven? Be a fountain and not a drain - love people and the rest will come. God didn't put the law in place expecting you to be able to follow it; he put it in place to show you that you can't and you need a savior.
The church is the fellowship of the progressing, not the perfect; there will be conflict. In times of conflict, how do we respond? Are we focused on our honor or honoring God with our discussion? It's important to remember that we could be wrong.
What's dividing us in the church today? Let's discuss it and move past it as one body of Christ, saved through faith. Do not forget what is essential in our faith and let's focus on inviting the lost, the hurting, and the outcasts into the body of believers.
Jews come from Antioch and Iconium to stone Paul, dragging him out of the city. He is left there, presumed dead, but gets up and walks back into the city to preach the Gospel. Just days before they were worshipping Paul and Barnabas, but people are fickle. Preach the Gospel anyways; don't be fazed by their rejection of the truth.
Paul and Barnabas heal a crippled man, earning recognition for their deeds as being gods in the likeness of men. The people of Lystra offer sacrifices to them, but Paul and Barnabas quickly give glory to where glory is due: to the one true God. Are we doing our part in proclaiming the glories and wonders of the Lord?
Are we living our lives in a way that reflects what it means to be a follower of Christ? Do we close ourselves off from spreading the gospel when faced with rejection of the Word of God, or do we keep pushing on? Join us as we talk about the importance of being sober in mind and spirit.