Preached by Rod Benner (00:55)
What is the gospel? The gospel is first and foremost telling anyone who will listen about the salvation found only in Jesus. The product of a healthy church is not the social programs created, not the social hospitality offered, but the quality of disciples made. A church can create good, helpful programs without creating disciples who look and act like Jesus. A church that makes biblical disciples will, by the very nature of discipleship, seek and reach out into the surrounding community with love and mercy. With disciple making in view, the healthy church will also raise up leaders to continue the work of the gospel.
The gospel brings joy and hope and at the same time it attracts opposition. The works of darkness will actively and very intentionally mess with the works of God. The gates of Hell will not prevail against the gates of Heaven, but they certainly make a loud, bloody attempt at trying. Throughout the violent opposition in Iconium and the rest of modern day Turkey, Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel, stayed to teach new disciples and set the foundation for church leadership before they returned to the church that sent them on this trip.
Scripture Reference: Acts 14:21-28
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