Scripture: Acts 13-14. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
As we read Chapters 13 and 14 in the Book of Acts, we learn about Barnabas, Saul (Paul), and John being sent off to continue ministry in Cyprus. They preached in Salamis and then went across the island to Paphos. They then sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, and it was then that John returned to Jerusalem. Saul and Barnabas continued their journey in Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, and returned to Antioch in Syria. Follow along as we read Acts 13-14, following these disciples’ journey as they preached the Gospel to others!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The church had set apart Barnabas and Saul for the work that God had called them to do. We, too, can dedicate our pastors and missionaries for their tasks that God has called them to do. We can also dedicate ourselves to use our resources that God has given us for His work. When Saul (Paul) spoke to the crowds, he centered his sermon around Jesus and the resurrection. When we share the Gospel with others, we must also tell the importance of Jesus and the resurrection. God sent His son to die for us so that we are forgiven from our sins, and freedom from guilt and shame are available through faith in Jesus! God would not hold the disciples responsible if people rejected their message; they were to faithfully deliver the message – and they did. When we share the Good News with others, God does not hold us responsible for the other person’s decision(s). God is constantly at work in this fallen world. If we ever feel doubt creeping in, we can look around us and see the evidence of His work in the world. We are also to be His hands and feet, serving, loving, and helping others who need it the most. Our Almighty God is trustworthy. He will guide and protect us through our journeys in life; we can count on that!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Acts, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.