A Church thriving amid Hostility (Acts 14:1-7)



The message of grace comes to Iconium with both grace and power, challenging human tradition and creating a divide in the city.  And yet, the church thrives.  What type of culture enables a church to thrive in hostile settings?

Application Questions:

1. Does the gospel of Jesus still push against your status quo?

2. Have you ever encountered resistance or hostility because of the gospel?  What was going on in your mind and heart?  What did you take away from that experience?

3. What does it mean to welcome the message of grace?  How can we do that together?  Why is the cross offensive (Gal 5:11)?

4.  What are ways we can stand ready, together, for hostility against our faith in Jesus?