Faithfulness During Tough Times
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Question: What is faithfulness?
Three Ways Saul Showed Faithfulness During Trials:
I. Paul Was A Faithful Witness During A Life-Threatening Plot. - L v. 23-25
A. Saul prepared to witness for Christ. - L v. 23a
Question: What is meant by “After many Days”?
Answer: It refers to a long period of time.
Galatians 1: 17-19
Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except, the Lord’s brother.
Question: Why did Saul go into the desert?
Answer: 1) To avoid the uproar.
2) To get away with God.
B. Saul went back to Damascus to witness. - L v. 23,24
C. The Jews plotted to kill Saul. - L v. 23, 24
1) They considered Saul a traitor.
2) Saul could out-debate them.
3) The Gospel message threatened them.
D. Saul was able to escape. - L v. 25
Lesson 1: No matter the opposition, we must be faithful to share Jesus with others.
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Lesson 2: God will make a way of escape for those who are faithful to Him.
I Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
II. Paul Was Faithful In Seeking Fellowship Even When Being Rejected. - L v. 26-28
A. Saul tried to join the Jerusalem disciples. - L v. 26
“tried” means to attempt repeatedly.
B. Saul’s past life betrayed him. - L v. 26
C. Barnabas accepted Saul as a friend. - L v. 27
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
D. Saul was finally accepted. - L v. 29, 30
Lesson: It’s tough to change your reputation.
III. Paul Was Faithful To Preach Boldly Despite Facing Assassination Threats. - L v. 29, 30
A. Paul taught with boldness. - L v. 29
“The Hellenists” were Grecian Jews.
B. Paul’s friends got him out of Jerusalem. - L v. 30
Conclusion: Three Points Of Interest
1) Have a strong conviction that Jesus is the Messiah.
2) Have a determination to witness - regardless.
3) Have a commitment to share God’s Word.
“Faithfulness” is consistently giving your best to God based on what He has called you to do.