The Unstoppable Gospel (Acts #19)

Sermon Synopsis

Have you ever started to do something or committed to start doing something and then just shortly after find yourself abandoning that thing? All too often, we overestimate our capacity and end up disappointing ourselves. But what if we had the perseverance and determination to stay committed, even in the face of opposition? This is exactly what we see in the story of Paul and Barnabas as they journey through modern-day Turkey, relentlessly proclaiming the gospel and making disciples.

In Iconium, they entered the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that many people, both Jews and Greeks, believed. Despite facing opposition from unbelieving Jews who stirred up the Gentiles against them, Paul and Barnabas stayed there for a long time, boldly proclaiming the message of grace and performing signs and wonders through God's power. They were successful in bringing many people to faith in Jesus.

Their journey didn't end there. They continued to make disciples and strengthen the fledgling Christian communities they had established. They faced hardships and persecution, but they remained steadfast in their commitment to sharing the gospel. They understood the importance of nurturing these communities and equipping them for the journey ahead.

As we reflect on their example, we are challenged to ask ourselves three important questions: Do we truly understand the gospel? Have we received it as good news in our own lives? And is there anything stopping us from sharing it with others?

  • Do I know what the gospel is?
  • Have I received the gospel as good news?
  • Is there anything stopping me from sharing the gospel?

Knowing and understanding the gospel is essential. It is the foundation of our faith and the message we are called to share. We must also examine our own hearts and ensure that we have truly received the gospel as good news. It is not just a set of beliefs but a life-transforming message that should impact every aspect of our lives.

Finally, we must confront anything that is holding us back from sharing the gospel. Whether it is pride, fear, embarrassment, or a lack of familiarity with the message, we must identify and name these obstacles. We can trust that God is greater than any of our worries or failures, and He will empower us to be faithful witnesses.

The story of Paul and Barnabas reminds us that the proclamation of the gospel is unstoppable. Despite opposition and hardships, they remained committed to sharing the good news of Jesus. May we be inspired by their example and boldly proclaim the gospel in our own lives and communities.

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