Tag: Acts 14:21-23
Scripture reading for May 23rd: Acts 14, Psalm 103, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: Acts 14:21-23 “When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”
Paul had been stoned at Lystra and left for dead. The believers gathered around Paul and he arose and went into the city. The next day they traveled to Derbe and preached the Gospel there with many responding for salvation. Paul encouraged the disciples that persecution and tribulation were part of the life of a committed disciple. Through prayer and fasting, elders were appointed to continue the pastoral work of building faith through God’s Word.
Faith Confession: Lord, thank You for those You send out to make disciples and encourage them. Thank You for allowing me to be one who encourages Your people. Help me to pray and fast for the continuation of Your work.
Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”
Scripture reading for May 24th: Acts 14
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 14:21-23 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.”
Paul and Barnabas understood the need to make disciples. They were interested in fulfilling Jesus’ mandate, not just getting converts! Because of this, they revisited the churches that they had founded and encouraged the disciples to ‘remain true to the faith.’ It was possible to drift away and be lost! Also, they warned and taught these new followers of Jesus that hardships would await them on their journey. Following Jesus would not always be easy and would require perseverance! To help equip the churches they had founded, they sought the Lord for leadership who would set godly examples and teach the disciples the way of the Lord Jesus. Elders, pastors and teachers were appointed and set in place!
Observations for over-comers: Healthy churches are equipped and encouraged with leadership and teaching of the truth. Prayer and fasting are foundational to selecting godly leaders. “But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” (Exodus 18:21)