Set Apart for the Journey Philippians 3:12-21In the midst of our world's uncertainty, God has given us a sure Word. He has called us to be His holy people.Paul did not count himself as having yet attained—he was not yet perfect. Perfection is the great end of the believer.When Christ saved Paul, that was just the beginning, not the end. He had been saved to live for Christ and to serve Christ, and as long as he was on this earth he was going to live for Christ and do all he could to serve Christ. the Lord Jesus Christ shall change the believer's body and fashion or make it just like His glorious body.Our bodies shall be fashioned just like the glorious body of Christ. Imagine! To have a body that is permanent, constant, and unchanging. Our bags are packed. And we're ready to go. Waiting on the return of the Lord, constantly looking. For his return every single day. When we get up, every morning, when we go to bed at night, we're just looking for the Lord's return. Every day, Constantly. And we know that it won't be much longer.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Paul's Message: Responses to the Gospel_07 Acts 13:42-52 In Paul's 1,000 mile journey on the First missionary Journey of the Gospel.There were fifteen locations on that first Missionary Journey.On the 6 & 7 Journey, Paul and Barnabas end up at Antioch of Pisidia and Iconium.Many gentiles besought the gospel while the Jews and Rabbis were jealous because of the reaction and response to the message of forgiveness of sins (Acts 13:38) and justification from all things (Acts 13:39). The fields are white unto harvest.They experienced the thrill of being saved, of coming to know Jesus personally and receiving the assurance of life eternal.The man who comes to Christ is a person who has been drawn by God, a person who has experienced the divine initiative. This was exactly what Christ had said to do when people rejected the gospel. It was a symbol that people were unworthy of the gospel because of their obstinacy, their continued rejection and hostility to the gospel.They fled to Iconium."And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet" Matthew 10:14.
The Preaching of Paul to the Gentiles_06 Acts 13:14-41The Writer of Acts gives us the first detailed record of a sermon by the Apostle Paul. While it is not the first sermon Paul ever preached, it is the first one we have a chance to really study.Paul preached this message while on his first missionary journey in the city of Antioch in Pisidia, which was located in the mountains of what is modern day Turkey.The Jews that day did not know this bi-vocational preacher, nor did they have any idea of the powerful message he had come to deliver.Like Paul in Antioch long ago, you and I must let God lead us into those moments in which we can witness.And when those moments come, we must be ready to share the familiar message of the gospel as people with a fresh touch of its power upon us.We are glad that Paul preached it that day. Let us be glad to preach it in this day as well!
The classic Old Testament redemption was the Exodus; it was encouraging because of the presence of The LORD.
God redeems and then lives among His people! (v.1-2)
Even God's creation joins us in response to His actions and His presence. (v.3-6)
This God provides for our needs as His people on our journey. (v.7-8)
What happens where God is present? Exodus 13:21
Where does God live? Gn. 32:27-28, Is. 57:15, Eph. 2:19-22
How does creation relate to its Creator? Ex. 14:21, Rev. 20:11
Where is God's presence? Mt. 1:23, Rom. 8:19-22, Heb. 11:13-14
Paul's First Missionary Journey PT2 Acts 13:4-13 Barnabas and Saul are sent as missionaries by the Antioch church. They pass through the island of Cyprus preaching in the synagogues. At Paphos the Roman governor is converted. God validates Paul's witness when a false prophet is temporarily blinded. Hereafter Saul is called Paul, his Roman name.It was logical to go first to Cyprus, for this was the home of Barnabas Acts 4:36. Luke gives us no details of the ministry in Salamis, the great commercial center at the east end of the island. We trust that some people did believe the Gospel and that a local assembly was formed. The men then moved ninety miles to Paphos on the west end of the island, and there they met their first opposition.Judgment is a picture of the blindness and darkness of all religions, philosophies, sciences, and sorceries apart from Christ. If God is not at the center of the system of thought, the system at best is peppered with flawed teaching.As you go through the journeys of life you will need to choose a direction at the fork in the road. will you going to take the High Road or the low road.
Out of the depths is a prayer from the bottom of Ezra's heart for the exiles with him as they ready themselves to journey back to Jerusalem from Babylon. With families, children and the like, the group will travel 5 months. They indeed need the Lord!
And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
 And he called the twelve together and gave them power
and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,  and he sent
them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.  And he
said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor
bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.  And whatever
house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.  And
wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake
off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them."  And
they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel
and healing everywhere.
 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was
happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that
John had been raised from the dead,  by some that Elijah had
appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen.
 Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I
hear such things?" And he sought to see him. (ESV)
Lesson 2 Jesus rescues by Example. Luke 2:39-52 How Important it is to live for Christ, after salvation when rescued.When Jesus was 12 years old, he went with his mother and Joseph to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast. The first night of their journey home, his parents could not find him. After days of searching, they found Jesus in the city discussing the things of God with the teachers of the temple. When questioned, Jesus answered, "wist ye not that I must be about my father's business? Luke 2; 4). No doubt, growing up in the city of Nazareth was quite an adventure for Jesus. His life was no different than any other boy of the time period he would have played games with other children, done his chores, helped care for his younger brothers and sisters and listen to the stories of the elders of the city. Jesus would have learned the trade of Joseph. . Jesus has always been our example to follow we are to pattern our lives after his. As a child, Jesus obeyed his parents. The Bible tells children today to do the same thing when you follow the teachings of the Bible and obey your parents, you are obeying God just as Jesus did.
Time is a process. "It came to pass" is found 456 times in the Bible. Time does not stand still for anyone, ever. Time only seems to stand still when we live in the present moment without any thought of the past or the future. Children live this way, and fools. Time becomes a more important factor when we grow up and assume some responsibilities, but in our youth we simply do not understand that time is passing and a process is happening. It is like going to sleep in the car and waking up hundreds of miles down the road. There comes a moment when we suddenly realize what time has done in our life. The sooner we wake up to the fact of life that time is a process and a moving thing, more we can make of life and prepare for eternity.