Friday, June 2 – Acts 14:27-28

Jun 1, 2023

When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all the things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they spent a long time with the disciples.

 

When Paul and Barnabas returned to their home church, they called together the people who sent them on mission and shared all that God had done. Through prayer, fasting, and encouragement, the church had actively supported the pair in their ministry, and this was their opportunity to be encouraged by everything God was doing.

 

By opening “a door of faith to the Gentiles,” God ensured no one would be alienated from the gospel’s saving grace. God doesn’t close the doors to any people group on our planet. Every human being should hear the gospel and respond to it. We still need willing and available disciples like Paul and Barnabas to step through the door, venturing outside of comfort zones to engage a lost but receptive world with the gospel message.

 

For that to be most effective, we must consider how we partner with one another in our disciple-making responsibility. Are we sharing about the gospel conversations God leads us to throughout the week? Are we looking forward to hearing from other believers how God is growing their faith? Are we expectant that we will share Christ with unbelievers? Are we entrusting to other believers the grace of God for the work He wants to accomplish in and through us? These are all examples of effective partnership in the gospel.

 

  • Reread the four questions in the paragraph above and personalize them. Which question challenges you the most? Why?
  • What is God leading you to do differently in the days ahead?
  • Ask God to help you focus (or refocus) your priorities on partnering with other believers in your local church as you make disciples.
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