Reading: Acts 14:1-7 NLT
The same thing happened in Iconium. Paul and Barnabas went to the Jewish synagogue and preached with such power that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. Some of the Jews, however, spurned God’s message and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against Paul and Barnabas. But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders. But the people of the town were divided in their opinion about them. Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
Then a mob of Gentiles and Jews, along with their leaders, decided to attack and stone them. When the apostles learned of it, they fled to the region of Lycaonia — to the towns of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding area. And there they preached the Good News.
Prayer: Lord Jesus – Give us the courage of Paul and Barnabas… and all who have faithfully fought the good fight down through the ages. May we lift high the cross… honoring those who have gone before us. And may we be united in faith, hope and love… giving you the glory. Amen
Hymn: “Onward Christian Soldiers” – S. Baring-Gould
Note: The hymn begins at 2:30 min
Onward, Christian solders, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before! Christ, the royal Master, leads again the foe; Forward into battle, see his banner go! Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before!
At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee; On, then, Christian soldiers, on to victory! Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise; Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise! Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before!
Like a mighty army moves the church of God; Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod; We are not divided; all one body we, One in hope and doctrine, one in charity. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before!
Onward, then, ye people, join our happy throng, Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song; Glory, laud, and honor, unto Christ the King; This thro’ countless ages men and angels sing. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before!