Today’s Reading: Acts 13:42-14:7
Success is found in faithfulness, not in numbers. Success is found in obedience, not in numbers. Success is found in the right teaching of the Word and not in buildings. Success is following Christ and not in fresh innovations or versions.
All through the book, they gave the same message. Yes, they would take the people where they were and use illustrations and even quotes from their culture to set up the message, but the message never changed. There is a God. Man is a sinner. Man deserves Hell. God loved man. God sent His son, Jesus. Jesus was God in the flesh. Man killed Jesus. God raised Him from the dead. He ascended. Repent and live. Reject and suffer eternal judgment.
Eleven short statements tell it all. At various places, different points of these sentences were expounded upon depending on the understanding of the hearer. As the message was consistent, so also was the response. As in today’s passages people believed, rejoiced, and were saved or folks rejected and got angry. What were the consistent results for the apostles? They were accepted and loved or jailed, stoned or banished.
John Wesley would ask his preacher boys two questions when they returned from a preaching engagement. Was any one saved? If they answered no, he asked if anyone got mad. If they said no to this, he told them that they were not called to preach because faithful preaching of the Word will either result in people being saved or getting mad.
How is your ministry? Do people not believe but like you anyway? Then maybe something is wrong.