Sermon May 19, 2019
Sermon Text: Acts 13:44-52
THE WORD OF THE LORD GRADUATES THE CHURCH
I. It calls for proclaimers of its complete message.
II. It allows for pickups and departures.
III. It causes persecution to serve its purpose.
44On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of God. 45But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with envy and began to contradict what Paul was saying by slandering him.
46Then Paul and Barnabas responded fearlessly, “It was necessary that God's word be spoken to you first. But since you reject it and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, look: We are now turning to the Gentiles! 47For this is what the Lord has instructed us:
I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.”
48When the Gentiles heard this, they were rejoicing and praising the word of the Lord. All who had been appointed for eternal life believed.
49And the word of the Lord was being carried through the whole region. 50But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district. 51So they shook the dust off their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52The disciples continued to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
Cast: St. John's Lutheran Church