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Do Not Be Afraid

Bauer Evans, on June 28, 2020. Part of the Acts series

Main Point: Faithfulness is a basic necessity to gospel usefulness.

Key Ideas in the Passage:

New Friendships are formed (vs. 1-4)
New Family is established (vs. 5-10)
Old Frictions return (vs. 11-17)

Point 1
Friendship with believers strengthens your faithfulness to Christ

Application: Think about a few of your closest friends’ interests and ambitions. What is one way you can encourage each friend to fulfill his or her good resolve in faithfulness to Christ?

Point 2
The family of God shapes your new identity and faithfulness to Christ

Application: How is your connection to the family of God ‘going public’ during the pandemic?

Point 3
Faith in the words of Christ gives new hope and courage when old frictions return.

Application: in what relationships might you be tempted to turn aside from gospel work because of fear? How does the words of Jesus to Paul strengthen your resolve to remain faithful to keep speaking the truth about Christ to others?

Acts 18:1-17

18:1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” 14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint. 15 But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things.” 16 And he drove them from the tribunal. 17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this. (ESV)

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