“The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers” (Acts 14:1). Experience is one of the greatest blessings of experience and longevity in ministry. I am far more likely to be a non-anxious presence in the midst of turmoil if I have seen and experienced the scenario before. Of course there is a way in which every situation is different. Different contexts. Different people. But there are times when the same thing happens and God blesses you with the memory of the previous occurrence.
“After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith…” (Acts 14:21-22). Ministers go through seasons of ministry. Churches go through seasons of ministry. Sometimes there will be a time of boldly proclaiming the word to unbelievers and seeing them respond by turning their lives around to follow Jesus. Sometimes in large numbers. And in other seasons, there will be a time of strengthening the souls of disciples, urging disciples to continue following Jesus, and appointing elders in churches. One season is not better than the other. They are just different. They are seasons. And both are important to the life of ministry, in ministers and churches.