They preach in Iconium. Paul does a miracle in Lystra. People view them as gods, then stone Paul to death. They make many disciples in Derbe, then go home. [UPDATED]
VERSE 1. In Iconium, they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed.
VERSE 2 But the disbelieving Jews stirred up and embittered the souls of the Gentiles against the brothers.
VERSE 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
speaking boldly in the Lord. They spoke boldly of Jesus Christ. That was the need back then. And it is the need in our day as well.
We need Christians who will speak boldly of Jesus Christ. Will you be that person? Will you speak boldly of Jesus Christ?
VERSE 4. But the multitude of the city was divided. Part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
VERSE 5. When some of both the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, made a violent attempt to mistreat and stone them,
VERSE 6. they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and the surrounding region.
they preached. Jesus Christ had become so central to their lives that they couldn’t keep from talking about him.
the Good News. In those days, they preached Good News. But in our day, a lot of Christian preaching is very negative.
VERSE 8. At Lystra a certain man sat, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked.
VERSE 9. He was listening to Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes on him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole,
seeing that he had faith to be made whole. What did Paul see that caused him to conclude this?
said with a loud voice. Paul did not say this in his mind. He did not whisper it. Rather, he said it with a loud voice.
VERSE 11. When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
VERSE 12. They called Barnabas “Jupiter”, and Paul “Mercury”, because he was the chief speaker.
VERSE 13. The priest of Jupiter, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have made a sacrifice along with the multitudes.
VERSE 14. But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their clothes, and sprang into the multitude, crying out,
VERSE 15. “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them;
VERSE 16. who in the generations gone by allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.
VERSE 17. Yet he didn’t leave himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you† rains from the sky and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
VERSE 18. Even saying these things, they hardly stopped the multitudes from making a sacrifice to them.
VERSE 19. But some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
VERSE 20. But as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and entered into the city. On the next day he went out with Barnabas to Derbe.
VERSE 21. When they had preached the Good News to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
had made many disciples. Their discipleship ministry was very fruitful. They had made “many” disciples!
VERSE 22. strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into God’s Kingdom.
strengthening … the disciples. This is a really good definition of fellowship. People need to have their faith strengthened. They continually need encouragment and restoration.
VERSE 23. When they had appointed elders for them in every assembly, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed.
VERSE 24. They passed through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia.
VERSE 25. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.
VERSE 26. From there they sailed to Antioch, from where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.
VERSE 27. When they had arrived, and had gathered the assembly together, they reported all the things that God had done with them, and that he had opened a door of faith to the nations.
VERSE 28. They stayed there with the disciples for a long time.
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