There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed. But the Jews who refused to believe…
Paul and Barnabas spoke effectively and as a result many people believed. It’s possible to speak ineffectively… and the result would be no belief in the hearts of people. Presentation matters. Heart and passion matters. Preparation and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit matters.
Without question I can become more effective in my speaking. Because the result is belief in the heart of those who hear me – I want to! I can’t imagine speaking for God for 10 years, say, and have no one come to faith. That’s hard to imagine, but it happens.
Only by Your power and Spirit, Father, does the foolishness of preaching make sense. Use me to make a difference for Your Kingdom.