Our Mission with the Gospel
November 13, 2005
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul and Barnabas were gospel preachers moving from city to city as the Lord opened doors simply preaching the gospel. They preached Christ's death, burial, and resurrection to Jews and Gentiles alike, without exclusiveness and with inclusiveness. It was a confrontational message.
William Barclay, "The one thing that infuriated the Jews was that any of God's privileges could be for the uncircumcised Gentile. The Jews were intent on keeping their privileges to themselves. From the beginning the Christians saw their privileges as something to be shared. As has been said, 'The Jews saw the heathen as chaff to be burned; Jesus saw them as a harvest to be reaped for God.' His church must have a like vision of a world for Christ."
I. THE GOSPEL PREACHERS EXPELLED. 13:50-52
A. PERSECUTION. 50
"stirred up" – used intensely, beyond measure
"devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city" – at this time the Jewish religion had a special attraction for women. In nothing was the ancient world more lax than in sexual morality. Family life was rapidly breaking down. The worst sufferers were women. The Jewish religion preached a purity of ethics and cleanness of life. Round the synagogues gathered many women, often of high social position, who found in this teaching just what they longed for. Many of these women became proselytes; still more were God-fearers. The Jews persuaded them to incite their husbands, who were often men in influential positions, to take steps against the Christian preachers." - William Barclay
"expelled" – drove them out
B. PERSISTENCE. 51-52
1. THE SERVANTS OF GOD "FILED OUT" 51
"shook off the dust from their feet against them"- the Rabbis attested to the Jewish practice of shaking the dust off their feet when they returned from a journey in Gentile territory, symbolizing their leaving thei ...
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