Summary: Should the glad tidings be denied? Should the Doctrine which God has given by express Revelation be held up to scorn? Woe to the men who dare provoke God!

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Paul, Elymus, and Paul.

Shell Point Baptist Church Sept 4 2011

“Then the proconsul, saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching of the Lord.” Acts 13:12.

We continue our journey in Acts w/Paul’s first missionary trip.

CYPRUS was by no means a reputable island—

• devoted to the goddess Venus and you can imagine what her worship was—

• What fruitful licentiousness came from it.

• It was the native country of Barnabas

As the leader of the missionary party sent by/church Antioch.

• Isn’t it fitting for Barnabas and Saul/begin preaching there.

Landing at one end of the island, the two apostolic men journeyed till they came to Paphos, where the Roman governor resided.

• Paphos was/central city of the worship of Venus and was the

scene of frequent parsimonious processions and repulsive rites.

• You might call it, “the place where Satan’s seat is.”

Athanasius styled its religion “the exaltation of lust.”

Neither men nor women could resort to the shrine of Venus without being defiled in mind and depraved in character.

Yet it was no business of the Apostles to stay away, either from

Cyprus or Paphos, the Holy Spirit had ordained their sending.

There was a special need for them to go there

• To carry the purifying waters of the Gospel.

• The more wicked the locality, more the need for Christian effort in that very spot.

The Holy Spirit had sent the missionaries to Cyprus

• So they safely enter the caverns of dark obscenity

• Proclaiming the word/salvation among the openly abandoned.

• They needed not to fear success, God was with them!

They claimed, Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not for I am with you, do not..

 Do we have that absolute assurance in our minds?

Even the vilest people of open sin cannot compare with the heart of the doctrine of the Cross.

Let us not refuse to plow any kind of soil in our path!

• Great harvests come from broken rocks!

• God had prepared/Saul/Barnabas’ way as He prepares the way of all His servants

Whenever God sends you and me to sow, it’s not all fertile..

• part of the land we sow may be rock

• Trampled path or it may be an impossible situation.

• Yet there is always a portion which is plowed for us.

God has a prepared people wherever He sends us.

He does not mock us by sending us on fruitless errands.

Remember God sent Philip to the desert tundra!

• Philip did not find the desert isolation absent of the Spirit!

• Philip found one of the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed in the garden of the Lord! “The Ethiopian Eunuch!”

Hey, how many deserts has God sent you on?

• How many have you recognized? Have seen God move?

So now, when Barnabas and Saul come to Paphos, it’s not to break their hearts over the filthiness and obscenity of its idol worship

• It is to find for the Lord a jewel amid the corruptiveness!

And it was the chief magistrate of the island “Sergius Paul”

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