A Successful Journey

October 24 2021

Topic: prayer, success

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:44-47 (ESV)

4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. Acts 13:4-6 (ESV)

Steps to Successful Journeys

  • Prayer and Fasting
  • Worship
  • Make a plan to succeed

(from leadership coach Dianne Benson)

  • Provides Clarity
  • Provides Motivation
  • Provides an Intentional Attitude
  • Provides for Better Decision Making
  • Provides a Realistic Review of Progress
  • Provides Accountability
  • Provides Efficient Time Use
  • Be determined to see it through
  • Be bold
  • Praise the Lord

And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:27 (ESV)

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 (ESV)

Big Idea: Having a successful Christ led journey in life is reliant on our preparation, focus, and

dedication to Christ throughout the journey!