Book of Acts Chapter 13 (Part Three)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Acts is that believers should be witnesses for the Lord, everywhere they go. Today, we hope to discuss the first missionary journey in some Galatian cities.

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Read Acts 13:23-40
3. Events in Galatian Cities.
Paul and his company travels from place to place in this section of the book of Acts. John Mark left them in Perga. Paul shared in the synagogues about the forgiveness available through Jesus who was crucified but then resurrected.

Applications -
- Staying in our places.
Notice in vss. 24-25 of the book of Acts that John knew his place. He knew that he was not the main event. He was a fore runner. All believers should come to grips with the fact that we are not the main event.

We are fore runners, witnesses, and agents of the Main Event (i.e., Jesus). We should be known for our humble dutifulness, instead of our being upset about being under appreciated. Let’s work on staying in our place of service.

If we spent more time on service and less time on being appreciated, more God pleasing service would be accomplished.

- Trusting God to work it out. Notice in vss. 26-31 that God works things out for the good of His people. Even though the Jews had Jesus executed out of a mixture of ignorance and jealousy, God used them to fulfill the scriptures about Jesus being the spotless sacrifice for the sin of the world.

God used what was meant to be the end of Jesus to facilitate the resurrection of Jesus. In like manner, God is still working all things out for the good of His people. Let’s work on trusting God to work things out for His people.

Too often, we act like we trust God, when things are well. But too often, we act like we don’t trust Him, when things get rough. Prayerful Bible study and obedience with the support of other disciples will help us develop the needed faith.

- God the promise keeper. Notice in vss. 32-33 of th ebook of Acts that God is a promise keeper. Just as sure as God kept His promise regarding Jesus, we can count on Him to keep His other promises.

God has promised to bless our obedience and to punish our disobedience. Let’s live like we believe that God is a promise keeper.

Such living should be known for obeying God’s commandments to love Him and others, as we love ourselves. Continued disobedience shows that we really don’t think God will punish us.

- Living by the Word. Notice in vss. 33-41 the use of scripture to support your claim. Make sure that you are living in line with the teachings of God’s word. In order to do this, we must prayerfully study the Bible. And then we must live by the Bible.

There are too many who don’t study but have strong opinions about what God wants. And there are too many who know right but don’t live right.

Let’s work on living by the teachings of God’s word. And of course, we should reject those things that lead us contrary to God’s will.

- Serving God’s purpose before we sleep. Notice in vs. 36 of the book of Acts that David served God’s purpose in his generation and then fell asleep. This is a marvelous text to put on a grave stone.

We should strive to know God’s purpose for our lives and then empty ourselves in carrying out God’s purpose. And then when death comes, we should see that it is not the end but simply a “nap.”

At the core of God’s purpose for every believer is to love God and others, as we love ourselves. The way we love may vary but the principles of loving are common to every believer, no matter which generation we live in.

Let’s focus on carrying out God’s purpose for our lives, before the sleep of death catches up with us.

- Death preparation. Notice also in vs. 36 of the book of Acts that King David died. All of us have to die and leave this world behind.

Life insurance, burial arrangements, bulletin preparations, living wills, and estate planning are very important, especially in regard to leave resources for the church.

However, the most important thing we can do is to make sure we are saved, by accepting Jesus as our savior by faith. Let’s make sure we are ready for our date with death.

- Forgiveness and justification. Notice in vss. 38-39 the ideas of forgiveness and justification through Jesus.

Even though we should give our best to living by God’s do’s and don’ts, it is good to know that we have forgiveness and justification through Jesus.

Forgiveness has to do with our bill being considered paid and collection agents being pulled away from trying to collect from us. Justification has to do with being declared righteous, whether we are actually righteous or not.

Let’s show our appreciation for forgiveness and justification by striving to obey God’s will. Let’s make sure that our attempt to lead people to Christ focuses on how forgiveness and justification are available, as opposed to trying to get people to live right enough to be right with God.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being witnesses for the Lord, everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.

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