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Spreading the Gospel

By Steve Todd
Friday, March 12, 2010

Scripture Verses
Acts 14:21-28

21They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22strengthening 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. 23Paul and Barnabas appointed elders[a] for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. 24After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia, 25and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

 26From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

During the Apostle Paul’s first missionary journey, he and Barnabas traveled to many cities preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and setting up churches.  This journey occurred around 46-48 A.D. And some of the cities included were Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, and Attalia.  In each of the cities, Paul and Barnabas would preach in the synagogues to the Jews and to the God-fearing Gentiles.  God blessed their ministry with many converts and allowed them to set up churches in these areas.

God showed His faithfulness to Paul and Barnabas by sustaining them throughout this difficult journey of several hundred miles over land and sea.  He also helped Paul to maintain his unwavering faith even after almost being stoned to death by some of the Jews.  God granted wisdom to Paul and Barnabas to set up churches, appoint elders to run these new churches, and encourage the young believers in their faith.

Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations” in Matthew 28:19.  In Romans 10:14, Paul wrote “how can they call on the one they have not believed in, and how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?”  Every day is an opportunity for us to spread the good news about Jesus Christ to a non-believing world.

Lord, help us to be bold in our witness to others, through what we say and how we conduct our lives.  Amen.