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Coping with setbacks (Acts 13:1–12) Mike Taylor 30 January 2011 PowerPoint Presentation
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Coping with setbacks (Acts 13:1–12) Mike Taylor 30 January 2011

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  1. Coping with setbacks (Acts 13:1–12) Mike Taylor 30 January 2011

  2. The dirtiest footballers in the Bible Saul and Barnabus

  3. The dirtiest footballers in the Bible After they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on [Saul and Barnabus] and sent them off (Acts 13:3, NIV)

  4. A place and time of blessing

  5. Sailing to Cyprus, preaching the word

  6. In the will of God, successful

  7. So the moral is … Spend time worshipping God And everything will work out Just fine. (Acts 13:1-5) (a very short sermon)

  8. So the moral is … Spend time worshipping God And everything will work out Just fine. (Acts 13:1-5)

  9. ScreeeeEEEEEECH!

  10. An evil wizard! (v6b-8)

  11. Setbacks happen … Unpredictably, at any time

  12. ?! ?!

  13. What were Paul's thoughts?

  14. What were Paul's thoughts? A. It's a rebuke from God! “We must have done something wrong – but what?”

  15. What were Paul's thoughts? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! “Resist it! Fight it! Don't let it stop us!”

  16. What were Paul's thoughts? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! C. It's a test from God! “Is this some kind of test?!”

  17. What were Paul's thoughts? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! C. It's a test from God! D. That's just life. “Ho hum.”

  18. What causes setbacks for us?

  19. What causes setbacks for us? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! C. It's a test from God! D. That's just life. We can't always tell which.

  20. What causes setbacks for us? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! C. It's a test from God! D. That's just life. These were the options when our London church plant failed.

  21. What causes setbacks for us? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! C. It's a test from God! D. That's just life. These were the options when Intermittent wipe didn't work.

  22. What causes setbacks for us? A. It's a rebuke from God! B. It's opposition from Satan! C. It's a test from God! D. That's just life. Whatever the cause, they are tests from God anyway.

  23. What would Jesus do? It's a serious question It's a serious question

  24. What would Jesus do? You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.

  25. What would Jesus do?

  26. What would Paul do?

  27. What would we do?

  28. ? What would we do? You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.

  29. How Paul handled other setbacks Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and The leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. – Acts 13:50–51

  30. How Paul handled other setbacks Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and The leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and Went to the town of Iconium. – Acts 13:50–51

  31. How Paul handled other setbacks Paul and Silas travelled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. – Acts 16:6–8

  32. How Paul handled other setbacks Paul and Silas travelled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. – Acts 16:6–8

  33. What Paul did this time You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.

  34. What Paul did this time Why? Why this time? Why? Why this time? You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.

  35. Why was Paul harsher than us? Some possible answers … 1. He was an apostle, we're not.

  36. Why was Paul harsher than us? Some possible answers … 1. He was an apostle, we're not. 2. That was then, this is now.

  37. Why was Paul harsher than us? Some possible answers … 1. He was an apostle, we're not. 2. That was then, this is now. 3. We should be more like Paul in this passage.

  38. Why was Paul harsher than us? Some possible answers … 1. He was an apostle, we're not. 2. That was then, this is now. 3. We should be more like Paul in this passage (but less like him in others).

  39. Why was Paul harsher than us? The real answer … 1. He was an apostle, we're not. 2. That was then, this is now. 3. We should be more like Paul in this passage (but less like him in others). We don't know We don't know Three little words …

  40. How should we interpret difficult bible passages like this? With honesty and humility.

  41. How should we interpret difficult bible passages like this? With honesty and humility. Applies to: The withering of the fig tree

  42. How should we interpret difficult bible passages like this? With honesty and humility. Applies to: The withering of the fig tree The parable of shrewd steward

  43. How should we interpret difficult bible passages like this? With honesty and humility. Applies to: The withering of the fig tree The parable of shrewd steward God's sovereignty vs. our free will

  44. How should we interpret difficult bible passages like this? With honesty and humility. Applies to: The withering of the fig tree The parable of shrewd steward God's sovereignty vs. our free will Interpreting days of creation

  45. I'm blind! I'm blind!

  46. Are you blind, ref?!