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DISIPLESHIP AT ALL COST

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Acts 14:21–28 NKJV
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” 23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. 24 And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25 Now when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. 27 Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 So they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

1- THE STRENGTHENING

A-PAUL AND BARNABAS FELT SO STRONGLY ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP THAT THEY RETURNED TO THE PLACE WHERE THEY WERE ALMOST KILLED.

FIRST LETS GO BACK AND CATCH UP ON WHERE THEY HAD BEEN.
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Acts 14:8 NKJV
8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.
then WHILE THEY WERE IN LYSTRA PAUL WAS STONED TO NEAR DEATH.
Acts 14:19 NKJV
19 Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.
Acts 12:19 NKJV
19 But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.
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THEN THEY GOT UP AND FLED TO DERBE
Acts 14:20 NKJV
20 However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
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THAT LEADS US TO WHERE WE ARE NOW IN THIS NARRATIVE.
Acts 14:21–22 NKJV
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
ACTS 14:2
PAUL AND BARNABAS KNEW THAT IN ORDER FOR THE NEW CHRISTIANS TO GROW THEY HAD TO BE DISCIPLED. THE DISCIPLES NOT ONLY WHEN BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE PAUL WAS ALMOST KILLED THEY WENT BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE THE PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO KILL THEM WERE AT.

B- MUST REALIZE RE-PRIORITIZE THE LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE THAT WE PUT ON DISCIPLESHIP.

B- MUST REALIZE RE-PRIORITIZE THE LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE THAT WE PUT ON DISCIPLESHIP.

2-
Matthew 28:19 NKJV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:18 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Acts 11:23 NKJV
23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
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2- THE STRUCTURE

A-THE CHURCHES HAD TO HAVE LEADERS SET IN PLACE.

Acts 14:23 NKJV
23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

B- PAUL HAD SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LEADERS.

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1 Timothy 3:1–7 NKJV
1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

3- THE SUMMARY

A- AFTER THEIR MISSIONARY JOURNEY PAUL AND BARNABAS WENT BACK AND GAVE THE CHURCH A REPORT OF THE HAPPENINGS.

ACTS 14:27
Acts 14:27 NKJV
27 Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
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Acts 14:27–28 NKJV
27 Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 So they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

B- DISCIPLESHIP IS NOT A QUICK PROCESS.

Acts 14:28 NKJV
28 So they stayed there a long time with the disciples.
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