Acts 17:13 A Case Study in Avoiding Burnout

Acts 17:13 (KJV)
But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.

We all go through seasons that are just not pleasant. Paul went through one of those in this chapter.

  • Thessalonica was so dangerous Paul only stayed three Sabbaths.
  • Berea looked like it was going to be a great work until the Jews of Thessalonica came and ran him again out of town
  • Athens wasn’t violent but it may have been the most discouraging of all because, with a few exceptions, his message had no power upon them

And all of this was after Paul’s imprisonment in Philippi.

Paul becomes a case study in avoiding burnout right here. He left Athens to go to Corinth where Paul later testified he came to town discouraged. I see these as Paul’s tools to lift himself out of despondency:

  • First he never quit witnessing or worshipping.
  • Second he got a bit of alone time
  • Third he found some friends
  • Fourth he got some diversion
  • Fifth he got some support

Corinth turned out to be a great ministry for the apostle.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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