Acts 14:21-22 All A Believer Needs

Acts 14:21-22 (KJV)
And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Albert Barnes writes concerning this passage, “The expression “to confirm” has in some churches a technical signification, denoting “to admit to the full privileges of a Christian by the imposition of hands” (Johnson). It is scarcely necessary to say that the word here refers to no such rite.” 

I am reminded that we people tend to impose into Christianity what we think, what is tradition and not always what is biblical. Ever since I began the ministry, I have been almost pressured to have discipleship classes. This, on top of the regular services of church. I see no such discipleship in the Bible and tend to think they are an effort to educate interested but unsaved people into behaving as if they were saved. Seems to me that the saved would join themselves to a church and attend services faithfully enough to get their discipleship right there. 

I see, n this passage, a threefold plan for the growth of the believer. 

Confirming the souls
Strengthening them. Giving them messages meant to develop their faith and organize the church.

Exhorting them
Drawing them near. Urging them on in their walk with the Lord.

Ordaining elders
Selecting out of them a pastor to help them in their spiritual confirmation and exhortation 

That’s all the believer needs. A church, a message from God and a preacher to deliver it. 

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1 Chronicles 17:1 More Than A Friend

1 Chronicles 17:1 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.

I notice that when David had this thought of building the house for God, the prophet Nathan was in David’s house with him. I realize that the king’s house would have been vastly different than our houses today, however, I can’t help but sense a closeness and familiarity between the men. Nathan was there, sitting with David in his house. I get the impression this was a common occurrence. I also note that, when God spoke to Nathan in his own home, he had no hesitations in returning to David’s house to deliver the message. 

The people of God need a close and unhindered fellowship with their preacher. They must be able to tell him what they are thinking, and he must be able to tell them what God’s answer is. 

I do see a problem here. Nathan was there to hear what was on David’s heart, but the relationship was close enough that Nathan replied with what was on his own heart. The preacher must be more than a friend exchanging ideas with us. 

  • He must be free to have quiet time with God
  • He must be free then to take the time to hear from God before responding and 
  • He must be free to give the response God gives him to deliver

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Acts 12:12 What Will You Do?

Acts 12:12 (KJV)
And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

Having been miraculously released from a prison cell, it took Peter a moment to come to himself. Having done so, he had options. Whenever the Lord sets us free those options exist. Peter, the Bible says, considered the thing:

Should he flee?
He will, before this chapter is over, leave the region. 

Should he get in the face of Herod?
Having God deliver him, he may have believed himself to be invincible. He and James had been detained overnight before, been released before and were up preaching in the very place they had been arrested the next day. 

He chose to join the believers in prayer
Interesting, isn’t it? He knew where they would be and what they would be doing. 

What will you do with your liberty?

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1 Chronicles 13:2 The Mind of God

1 Chronicles 13:2 (KJV)
And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:

For full disclosure, it would be best to note that this event did not turn out well. By the time it was done: 

  • A man was dead, 
  • David was displeased, and 
  • The ark was “set aside.” 

We often call this event “doing the right thing the wrong way.” David would have been wise to have searched the Scriptures to discover God’s way of transporting the ark. On the other hand, I think David started out correctly. There were two “wills” he consulted in his proposal to bring back the ark:

  • The will of God’s people
  • The will of God

(It was already in his own heart – his will – to do this thing.)

Good leadership is not driving leadership but leading leadership. It seeks the mind of those being led. It engages them in the decision process. Good leadership never stops there. The mind of the multitude can be as wrong as the mind of the individual. We must have also the mind of God on a matter. 

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1 Chronicles 11:2 Against the Conscience

1 Chronicles 11:2 (KJV)
And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.

Joseph Benson commented, “it is apparent that they knew it was God’s will David should be king, and therefore many of them had opposed David hitherto against their own consciences.”

How often we are guilty of following the popular thing against our own consciences!

  • The easy thing
  • The fleshly thing
  • The thing with the least consequences 
  • The thing with the least conflict

is not always the right thing.

How many of Saul’s soldiers had hounded David knowing all the while that it was God’s will that David should be king? How many of them may have aided in Saul slaying the man God anointed to be king simply because it was too risky to stand with David?

Some did stand with David. Six hundred of those who were distressed, discontent, and in debt followed him. Others could have had they wanted to. Instead they 

  • Quenched the prompting of the Holy Spirit 
  • Ignored the leading of God and 
  • Followed the majority 

It worked out for these. But some of them died alongside Saul in battle. 

They would have been better off if they had abandoned what was easy and done what was right. 

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Acts 9:2 Who And Where You Are

Acts 9:2 (KJV)
And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Saul’s letters were specifically to the synagogues in the city of Damascus. He was on his way to Damascus to go to the synagogues there. Upon his arrival at these synagogues, he planned to ask them to point out who in the synagogues were “of this way.”

Because local churches were not yet established there and because the earliest Christians were Jews, it would be reasonable to expect that the rulers in the synagogues would know which of them were “of this way.” It would be obvious: 

  • From their conversations
  • From their mannerisms
  • From their absence in some cases

Christians ought not to hide who they are. It should be that someone looking for the Christians can find others who know who they are and where to find them. 

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1 Chronicles 10:6 Absolutely True

1 Chronicles 10:6 (KJV)
So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together.

There is a lesson in Bible interpretation within this verse. 

The Bible says that all of Saul’s house died together. All does, in fact, mean all, but we know from the rest of the Bible that, in this case, it does not mean every last one. Saul had another son, Ishboseth, who became king in Saul’s stead. All of Saul’s house, who had followed him to the battle, died together. But not all of his house was at the battle. 

Every verse of the Bible is absolutely true and without error. But it is only true so long as it is kept in context with the whole Bible. 

Never let just one verse grab your attention in such a way that you use it to the exclusion of the whole. 

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Acts 8:27 The Secret to Joy

Acts 8:27 (KJV)
And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

What a contrast resides in the Ethiopian eunuch. Notice his privileges: 

  • He had great authority 
  • He had charge of the queen’s treasure
  • He had liberty to travel and explore spiritual subjects

On the other hand:

  • He was a eunuch
  • We are not given so much as his name and
  • He was under the queen

The fact is, these contradictions exist in us all. No one is an absolute authority, and everyone has some accountability. 

The secret to joy in life is to use whatever liberty we have to seek a growing relationship with God and to be humble enough to be content under those authorities God has placed over us.

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Acts 7:52 The Story as a Whole

Acts 7:52 (KJV)
Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

I cannot help but be impressed with Stephen’s knowledge of the Word of God. He did not recite the whole Old Testament, but he certainly outlined the most pertinent parts. 

Stephen was not among the teaching class and so likely had very little education. Still, he knew the Bible. I know Sunday school is a modern invention, but I could not help but think of how important it is to teach children the whole narrative of the Bible. 

The story as a whole is the story of redemption. 

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Acts 6:1 One of the Great Miracles

Acts 6:1 (KJV)
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

One of the great miracles of the Christian faith is that it grew, progressed and changed the world, despite having always been filled with the human element. 

  • There were individuals, such as Ananias and Sapphira, who wished to be viewed as something they weren’t
  • There were murmurings among the believers whether some were being treated better than others

I happen this week to be in Oklahoma City for the Home Missions Conference here. There are something like seventy men who have come to the conference with specific needs.[1] Those who are invited to come to the platform and present will receive an average of nearly $20,000. It really is an incredible thing.  One young man, the son of a “well connected” pastor among this group, received $40,000 last night.

The thing is, only about half of them will be invited to present their need. There simply isn’t enough time to hear from them all. Already I have heard murmurings among those who have not gotten to present. There are a few murmurers who said they stopped coming to this conference because they figured out that they aren’t in the right group to be invited up. Their impression is that this conference caters to the favored few. My observation is that they are more than generous regarding the backgrounds of the presenters. 

The point is, whenever something involves people there will be some who make themselves out to be what they are not and there will be others who complain that they were not treated fairly. 

God is able to overcome all of that and continue to save souls and change lives. 

We should be looking to him and not men anyway.


[1] Something like $513,000 in one time offerings and $9000 in monthly support was promised by week’s end.

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