Background: Doctor Luke wrote not only the gospel of Luke but also this additional historical account of the birth and the spread of the church by the power of the Holy Spirit of Christ. He called this book, Acts. Some call it the Acts of the Apostles or the Acts of the Holy Spirit.
As the Gospel went out from city to city, region to region, there were some who were resistant to this message of salvation by grace alone and not by works of the law because it threatened their religious way of life.
Ask the children…
In Iconium how did they treat Paul and Barnabus?
“Then a mob of Gentiles and Jews, along with their leaders, decided to attack and stone them.” (Acts 14:5)
What happened to Paul when he fled to Lystra and began preaching the gospel?
“Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead.” (Acts 14:19)
Preaching the gospel will not come without opposition. Paul experienced it and so will we. This did not stop Paul for his God-given work, but he had to be aware ahead of time that he could expect some to respond positively others to oppose the gospel message.
Ask your children if they have experienced any persecution when they have spoken about Jesus and what He has done for them? How did it feel? What did they do? Have them read 1 Corinthians 10:13. Paul wrote these words even after all the persecution he faced. God will give us the strength to stand up under whatever persecution that we encounter just like He did Paul.
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