Sometimes you have to flee persecution

Acts Bible Background

New Testament: Acts 17.14–15

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 17.1–15 on July 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Unbelieving Jews from Thessalonica found out that Paul and his preaching team had gone to Berea, and so they pursued them there. It got bad enough that Paul had to leave:

Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there. So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.

– Acts 17.14–15

Paul left first and stayed at Athens alone, but he then wanted his two preaching buddies with him. I understand where he was coming from. I often work alone in my home nation, America, but when I have been to other nations, it was always good to have others with me.

Questions:

  • Have you worked in evangelism or some other kind of good work in another nation?
  • If you were alone for awhile, how did you feel?

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