Understanding the Battle (Acts 13:45-51)
Gearl Spicer, February 23, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Acts 13:45–51 (Listen)
45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.
Resolute Life - Live the Vision
Understanding the Battle
*How would you describe your last spiritual battle?
*Battles affirm our faith and direct our actions!
“But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with
Jealousy and began to contradict the things spoke by Paul,
And were blaspheming.” vs. 45
“…but they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them
And went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled with joy
And with the Holy Spirit.” v. 51-52
*Conflict is inevitable in the spiritual realm!
*We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the
Knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience
Of Christ.” II Cor. 10:5
Strategic thoughts -
*Be aware of the adversary
*Prepare for action
*Never surrender ground
Lesson #1- Be alert to issues—vs.45-46
A. Initial reaction changed due to circumstances
B. Confrontation was not optional in light of the battle
Lesson #2 - Accept responsibility to His commands—v.47
A. Gospel is not exclusive, it is empowering light
B. Limitations must be confronted in love
Lessons #3 - Key to victory is God’s Word—v.48-49
A. Authority comes through His promises
B. Expansion is impacted by proclamation
Lesson #4 - Our responses must be centered in wisdom—v.50-52
A. Persecution validated purpose
B. “shook the dust” opened the door to the future
C. God supersedes every issue
Are you ready for the battle?