Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
January 12, 2020 Worship Service
Acts 14 “Open Door” ~ Pastor Kirk Flaa
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    7901 S Meredith Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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SERMON: Acts 14 “Open Door”

“What can we expect when God opens the door of faith?”

1. We Can Expect Tribulation, v. 22

2. We Can Expect Temptation, v. 12

3. We Can Expect Transformation, v. 1

“The old, old story fits every open door.”
APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
1. These two chapters of Acts, 13 and 14, describe the first missionary journey. Paul’s group would have traveled approximately 1100 miles over difficult terrain and through hostile regions. What do these two chapters tell us about Paul and his group? What characteristic strikes you as most significant? What does these chapters tell us about the Gospel?
2. Scripture repeatedly makes the point that believers are matured through trials. Read the following texts in support of this thought, and then in your group discuss how this has been applied and realized in your own life. What have you learned through life’s trials? Romans 5:3–4; 8:17–18; 1 Thessalonians 3:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:12; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 4:12–16.
3. In vv. 19-20, Paul (no mention is made of Barnabas) is left for dead after being stoned. What does this event teach us about Paul, God, and people? What do the following texts teach us about Paul and this event? 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 (esp. 25); Galatians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:10-11.
4. Read the following passages where Paul uses the phrase “door of faith”, 1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3, and also Revelation 3:8 (not Paul, here but John). Discuss what this phrase means and its significance for the Gospel and for the church. How is Acts 1:8 being fulfilled through this text?
5. Describe the “old, old” story that Paul shared (v. 3). What are its primary components and how does this story impact your own?
6. We cannot help but observe the courage, faith, endurance, boldness, and tenacity of Paul and Barnabas in these two chapters. How does their example challenge or encourage your own as you consider your service to the Lord? How can it inspire you and teach you of your faith?

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