"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

Pastor Jonathan Cook then presented a sermon from the Book of Acts, Chapter 14 verses 1-18, with supporting text from 1st Thessalonians 2:2-6, 2nd Timothy 3:10-17, 1st Peter 4, and various other scriptures. In his presentation, Elder Cook first reminded us of how the Jews had been filled with envy because of the preaching of Paul and Barnabas in the previous chapter from Acts and had expelled them from their city. He then went on to explain that they also came up against great adversity in Iconium as well from both unbelieving Jews and the gentiles after many other Jews and gentiles believed the gospel of which Paul and Barnabas boldly spoke. Iconium truly became a divided city. Nonetheless, Paul and Barnabas did not detour from speaking the truth that pleases God rather than that which pleases man – – unlike many of today’s preachers who provide a message that is designed to please men, fill empty pews, and enhance the church’s coffers or even their own personal wealth. Also Elder Cook emphasized that we too should expect adversity from the world and non-believers alike whenever we live in a Godly manner or preach the true gospel. We all shall suffer various forms of persecution, yet the Lord is able to deliver us through it all and we will become stronger and more mature in our faith as a result.

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