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Sep 24, 2017 | Craig Lile

Conditions of Entering The Kingdom

Paul’s first missionary journey concludes in these verses as he comes back through the churches, teaching and discipling the believers and appointing elders as leaders over the newly running congregations. But it is his message to these new believers that captures our attention in these verses, as it is clearly spelled out in verse 22. It is a message to believers that is increasingly growing more silent amidst the false teaching of prosperity that is taking over many American pulpits. Paul’s words will shock you. And the supporting teachings in the New Testament I share will also help us move toward truth in a world promoting so many false teachings.

 

Conditions of Entering The Kingdom

Acts 14:21-28

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 I. The Great Commission Summarizes Entry to the Kingdom Matthew 28:19-20

 Paul and his team retrace their steps through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch in Pisidia.  But the emphasis this time is on ________________________  which follows evangelism.

- Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone.  The book of Galatians was probably written to these churches following this missionary journey.

- Following salvation God expects all believers to “observe all  of Christ’s commands.”

 Paul appointed elders/_______________________ to these congregations, leaving his churches with clear spiritual leaders.  Titus 1:5

 II. Suffering/ Hardships Are A Surprising Condition of Entry to the Kingdom Verse 22

Every human lives a life that is short and full of various troubles.  Job 14:1

And there is added _____________________________ unique to the child of God. I Thessalonians 3:2-4; II Timothy 3:12

Christians are to handle life’s pain and tribulations by faith that God’s reasons, plan and grace provide refuge and meaning in Him.

All true believers go through suffering.  Disciples of Christ ______________________,  ____________________ suffering over convenience or comfort.

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