Opposition - Living in the midst of a cosmic spiritual conflict

              Text: Acts 14
 

The cause of Christ is always opposed

       Paul was opposed in Iconium and in Lycaonia

           The Jews who disbelieved stirred up the Gentiles
           to be embittered against the brethren. (v.2)

           Both Jews and Greeks sought to stone them. (v.5)

      Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and
      stoned Paul and left him for dead.

 

 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

    but against the rulers, against the authorities,

         against the powers of this dark world.”

 

Opposition Strategies

              Dissension                    (14:2a)

              Division                         (14:2b)

              Destruction                    (14:5)

              Distraction                     (14:11-18)

              Danger/Death                (14:19)

 

Responding to the Opposition

    Dissention             Endurance   (14:3a                 
    Division                 Bold Witness  (14:3b)

    Destruction           Wisdom    (14:6)

    Distraction            Humility   (14:15)

    Danger                  Perseverance  (14:21-22)

 

               WITHOUT BATTLE

             THERE IS NO BATTLE

                            

           THE GREATEST BATTLE
            IS WITHIN OURSELVES

 

          IT IS THERE THAT JESUS

             OFFERS US VICTORY

 

                THE VICTORY IS
              WON INTERNALLY

 

              WILL YOU KNOW
             HOW TO RESPOND?

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