REPORT AND RETURN TO THE FIELD TIME
September 17, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Paul had a major ministry of evangelism, encouragement, and establishing of churches. After his first missionary journey, he went to Antioch (his sending church), gave a report, and returned to the work. God used him to encourage the churches he established and strengthened them.
If there is a main review of this text, it would be "Christians working together can present an effective and long-lasting ministry in cities as long as they focus on the redeeming power of Jesus Christ and His Word."
I. CONFRONTATION IN THE WORK. 12-17
A. HOW IT STARTED. 12-15
How can this be encouraging? Because God used it to frustrate both Jew and Gentile
The Jews of Corinth tried to force Roman proconsul to declare the Christian faith illegal, but Gallio ended up doing just the opposite. He saw that the real issue was not the application of the Roman law but the interpretation of the Jewish religion, so he refused to try the case.
EXAMPLE; Ten Commandments in our courthouses
Jews' Charge v.13
"This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
Acts 16:20-21, "And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, ‘These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.'"
• The Law presented a system of belief
• Paul persuaded them of a Savior and a
B. HOW IT ENDED. 16-17
1. REVIEW. 16
"judgment seat" -- a large raised stone platform that stood in the marketplace in front of the residence of the proconsul and served as the public court.
2. REVENGE. 17
Note 1 Cor. 1:1 Is Sosthenes the same one?
If the Greeks beat him it was anti-Semitism
If the Jews beat him it was because Sosthenes was a sympathizer of the Christians
II. CONTINUATION ...
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