SOAP Reading Acts 14

[SCRIPTURE]
Acts 14:19-22 NLT
“Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. [20] But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. [21] After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, [22] where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.”

[OBSERVATION]
Paul and Barnabas - preaching, and healing, impressed the crowd, but they had the wrong idea and mistook the apostles for gods.

A group of Jews from Antioch and Iconium swayed the crowds against Paul and Barnabas. They stoned him to point that they thought he was dead. However Paul got back up and went back into the city.

[APPLICATION]
How do we handle opposition? 
When we serve and live for Jesus we will definitely face obstacles and opposition. Paul was determined to preach the Gospel and press on.
Jesus reminds us to love our enemies.
Loving our enemies, whether individual or collective, means treating others like Jesus has treated us.

[PRAYER]
God help me to be steadfast in my faith. Give me strength when I fave opposition and obstacles. Break my heart for those who dislike me and give me opportunities to love them.

zach bauer