Acts 18 Going Where the Going Gets Tough

Acts 18:1-21 Going Where the Going Gets Tough

  • Topic:
    • Ex: French grads of Geneva Seminary… diplomas = death warrant… churches under the cross… yet grew aboundantly
    • Ex: Tertullian… famous saying from Church’s experience —-“In the Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church”
    • Topic: Persecution’s Connection to Missions
    • Main Q: What is the connection?
  • Text:  
    • Slow Start 1-4
    • Bold Preaching, 5-6
    • Bold Moves, 7-8
    • >>>Paul had a target on his back…
      • Tension:
    • 9a, “Fear…”
    • Q: Isn’t that natural? Wouldn’t you be afraid?
    • Jesus Comforts Paul, 9-10
    • And Jesus Answers our Question: What’s the connection?
      • 10a, Jesus is Surely With us (on our side, power)
      • 10b, He Protects Us…
      • 10c, He Has Elect we Must Reach in the Area…
    • Truth: Persecution Indicates the Spiritual Warfare going on For the Souls of the Elect that are present…
    • IF we are opposed, we can suppose God’s People are there
    • Point: Keep on Preaching! V.9…
      • Define Point:
    • Mission Strategy: Going where the going gets tough…
    • Q: where should we focus our energy? A: Where Opposed!
    • Evidence:
      • 7, 11, Paul Stayed in the City
      • 10c, Jesus Said It! “I have many people here!”
      • 19-21, He did not remain in Ephesus but knew he could come back later…
      • c.13 Paul in Lystra beaten and went back into the city! And then a month later again!
    • Contradictory to Natural Mind- but not for Christian!
      • Natural Mind– find Ephesus “Fertile Ground”
      • God’s Way – the Suffering Servants… Bound to it!
        • Apply Point:
    • ***Opportunity to Speak… no matter the cost speak…
    • ***Escalate it… Paul always appealed to a higher court to speak! He would use his persecution as opportunity…
    • ***Don’t Go Looking For Trouble… look for the elect & you find trouble! 
      • Value of Persecution for Mission:
    • Shows Christianity as so true that it’s worth dying for
    • Confirms to us that we are Christ’s (Col 1:24)
      • Acts 4-5, Praised God that worthy to suffer w/Xp
    • Dramatizes self sacrificial love
    • Turns away those who would become quick converts…
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