FAITH TO DISCERN/FACING OPPOSITION/FORGING AHEAD/SET APART/FAITH TO UNDERSTAND
Study Date: 10 Dec 17
Scripture: Acts 13: 1-12
Biblical Date: A.D.47-48
Location: Syria, Antioch
KEY VERSE: “Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” (Acts 13: 12)
- To understand the motives of Paul and his partners.
- To grasp the hardships of Paul and Barnabas as they traveled.
- To appreciate the blindness of Paul and how Sergius Paulus believed in Jesus.
- To know that there will always be opposition to the preaching of the gospel.
- To follow Paul and Barnabas and be examples in serving others.
- To commit to seasons of prayer and fasting before embarking on a new ministry.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Deut. 31: 14-23, 34: 9; 1 Samuel 3: 1-9; 1 John 4: 1-6; John 9: 13-17; Romans 1: 8-17; Acts 14: 21-28.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Antioch—capital of Syria, place where believers were first called Christians.
Bar-Jesus Elymas—a false prophet.
Holy Spirit—wind or breath, God’s Spirit.
Saul—a persecutor of the church, met Jesus and was changed.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What does discernment have to do with ministry?
Who causes deception in the work of ministry?
What is the result of watered-down gospel and ineffective peaching?
What are some of the reasons why believers are misled?
When we hear conflicting statements about God, what ought we do?
Who are the people that have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
THE SEED FAITH TO DISCERN/FORGING AHEAD.FACING OPPOSITION ACTS 13: 1-12
- Paul and Barnabas Commissioned by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13: 1-3)
- The Church grows with strong and effective spiritual teachers and preachers.
- Fasting and praying make for effective ministry.
- Leaders receive God’s will and share it win response.
- Those already serving and most often the ones selected for ministry.
- Being available requires a “Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6)
- Persecution and Resistance to the Gospel (Acts 13: 4-8)
- These are the first missionaries commissioned and sent by Church authority.
- They left Antioch and went preaching the Word of God (Only the Old Testament).
- Some wanted to hear (accepted) and others sought to turn them away (opposed).
- The Exposure of the False Prophet (Acts 13: 9-12)
- The true missionary was Holy Spirit led.
- Children of the devil were filled with mischief and subtilty.
- False prophets sought to turn people away from God.
- The Word of God and the acts of God cause astonishment and belief.
God is the One who calls us out of our ordinary places to be His special messenger.
PLANTING THE SEED
Describe leadership in the church at Antioch.
How did the congregation know they were to send two leaders to minister?
What was the church to do before sending them out?
Where were those to minister to begin their ministry?
Who were the two men the ministers encountered in Paphos?
What opposition confronted the ministers?
How must the minister handle the opposition?
How did Paul describe his opponent?
What was the effect of the confrontation on the proconsul?
What impacted the thoughts of the proconsul most?
NURTURING THE SEED
How is the foundation of our ministry today shaped by what happened then?
What should church leaders look for in Christian leaders today?
What tools has God given us to help identify false prophets?
What are some places we can find false prophets working today?
What dangers come when we compromise the truth?
What is the result when we fail to confront false prophets?
How does God demonstrate His power to make Himself known among those who reject Him?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
Everybody has a place and time to serve in the Kingdom of God.
Fasting, Prayer, and worship open our minds and hearts to the directions of God.
The Holy Spirit gives us power to work as God directs.
Believers must be discerning about those who lead them.
Those who witness for God must expect and prepare for confrontation.
What boldness believers have come by the Holy Spirit.
Trust God to direct your every footstep. (Psalm 37) “The Steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”
The Holy Spirit prepares us to confront the opposition and to convert the unbeliever.