“What Happens When You Go With God”, Acts 14.20-28
Introduction, v20

Themes• Numbers converted, word spread • Making disciples everywhere • Opposition / setbacks • “Firsts’ all over the place! • Overall feeling:

Undiminished enthusiasm for the things of God • Resulting in….

1. Bear God’s Fruit• By bringing God’s Word to all kinds of people

A. Converts – variety• Flexibility of approach: Jews / Gentiles / Pagans Undiminished enthusiasm for winning disciples for Jesus

B. Elders – leadership• Evangelism and strengthening • All churches need both • That’s whey we need to meet up • Leaders are not the most gifted, they are committed to strengthening • Brave to go back to where persecuted • High level of compassion for young Christians / new churches •

Undiminished enthusiasm for the strengthening of disciples

2. Bear With Setbacks• Persevered despite these ….

A. External Setbacks• Opposition; Poisoning; Persecution • Brave to go back to sites of pain • Compassion for young Christians drove them • Undiminished enthusiasm despite external setbacks

B. Internal Setbacks• Betrayal / Desertion • John Mark • Undiminished enthusiasm despite internal setbacks

Conclusion, 14.26-27• Why did this happen?  God – He is the focus. • We don’t know how they felt day to day, but we do know they found their way back to undiminished enthusiasm for the things of God. • Because motivated within the grace of God; • Conscious of the presence of God; • Confident in the love of God • Because confident of the competency of God • His power/strength • His wisdom • Do you believe God is loving and competent? • When we go with God we see the fruit of God in new disciples and strengthened disciples • When we go with God we see undiminished enthusiasm despite external setbacks and internal setbacks • When we go with God we live for him with undiminished enthusiasm

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