Communicating the Message
At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. … 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. … 7 where they continued to preach the gospel. … 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. … 21 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. … 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14 NIV
It is interesting to look at the variety of ways the Gospel and salvation are described in this one chapter of Acts 14.
Note the following from the above passage:
… Jews and Gentiles believed – something to believe
… the message of his grace – a message to communicate and receive
… preach the gospel – the ‘good news’ to be shared with others
… good news – important, life changing information to be listened to and received
… turn… to the living God – a change in life direction towards the one, true living God
… the faith – something to be believed
… the Lord, in whom they had put their trust – a trust-based personal relationship with the Lord Jesus
… the door of faith – something to walk through
As you reflect on and share the Good News with others, may it be the full embodiment of all that is included in putting our faith, trust, and hope in the living God and His Son, Jesus our Savior.