Scripture: Acts 14

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READ and STUDY the WORD

In Iconium

Acts 14:1-7 (KJV) And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both (Paul and Barnabas) together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.  But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.  Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of His grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.  But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.  And when there was an assault made ( a plot afoot) both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: And there they preached the gospel.

Questions:

1. Where did Paul and Barnabas go and what happened (Acts 14:1)?

2. What did the unbelieving Jews do (Acts 14:2)?

3. What did Paul and Barnabas do and what did the Lord do (Acts 14:3)?

4. How did the multitude respond (Acts 14:4)?

5. What plan was plotted against Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:5)?

6. What did Paul and Barnabas do when they became aware of the plot (Acts 14:6)?

7. What did Paul and Barnabas do there (Acts 14:7)?

Answers:

1. Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue in Iconium and spoke, and a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed.  

2. The unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and turned them against the brethren.

3. Paul and Barnabas spend considerable time speaking boldly for the Lord. And the Lord confirmed their message of His grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders. 

4. The people were divided.  Some sided with the Jews and others sided with the apostles.

5. Both the Gentiles and Jews plotted to mistreat and stone Paul and Barnabas.

6. Paul and Barnabas fled to Lystra and Derbe when they found out about the plot to harm them.

7. Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel.

In Lystra and Derbe

Acts 14:8-20 (KJV)  And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.  11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”  12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.  13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.  14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, “Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.  17 Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”  18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.  19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.  20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. 

Questions:

1. Who did Paul and Barnabas find at Lystra (Acts 14:8)?

2. How did Paul respond to this man (Acts 14:9)?

3. What did Paul say to the crippled man and what did the man do (Acts 14:10)?

4. How did the people who saw the man healed respond (Acts 14:11-12)?

5. How did Paul and Barnabas react to what the people were saying and doing (Acts 14:13-15a)?

6. What did Paul say about the good news of God (Acts 14:15b-17)?

7. What did certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium do (Acts 14:19)?

8. What happened next (Acts 14:20)?

Answers:

1. Paul and Barnabas found a man whose feet were crippled.  He had been lame from birth and had never walked.

2. Paul looked directly at the crippled man and saw that he had faith to be healed.

3. Paul said to the crippled man, “Stand upright on your feet.”  The man leaped up and walked.

4. The people watching said Paul and Barnabas were gods come down to them in the likeness of men.  And they called Barnabas, Jupiter and called Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

5. Paul and Barnabas tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting “Men, why are you doing this?  We too are only men, human like you.”

6. Paul said, “We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to a living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them” Paul went on to say God let all nations go their own way.   Yet God had not left Himself without testimony.  God had shown kindness by giving them rain from heaven and crops in their season; God provided them with plenty of food and filled their hearts with joy.”

7. Certain Jews stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city.

8. The disciples gathered around Paul.  Paul got up and went back into the city. And the next day Paul and Barnabas left for Derbe.

The Return To Antioch in Syria

Acts 14:21-28 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city (Derbe), and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.  24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.  25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: 26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. 27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.  28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

Questions:

1. What did Paul and Barnabas do in Derbe (Acts 14:21-23)?

2. What did Paul and Barnabas do in Antioch (Acts 14:26-28)?

Answers:

1. Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel in Derbe.  They strengthened the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith.  They were told they must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.  They ordained elders in every church, prayed with fasting, and commended them to the Lord those who believed.

2. Paul and Barnabas gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.  They stayed there a long time with the disciples.

HEAR the WORD

Acts 14:26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verse above.  What do you believe the words “recommended” and “fulfilled” mean in the above verse? Following are two translations that might make the verse easier to understand.

Acts 14:26 Amplified Bible (AMP) From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been entrusted to the grace of God for the work which they had now completed.

Acts 14:26 Living Bible (TLB) Finally they returned by ship to Antioch, where their journey had begun and where they had been committed to God for the work now completed.

My thoughts: God has a plan for each of us.  Are we going forth, committed to completing His plan?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 14:15b … (Paul is speaking) “We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and the sea and everything in them.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

To love and live God’s Word we must commit ourselves to going forth and completing the work He has for us to do.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

To complete the work God has given us, we must share God’s good news with those we encounter.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will boldly share Your Word (Acts 14:3).  Lord, I pray we will encourage others to turn from worshipping worthless things and follow You, the living God (Acts 14:15). Lord, I thank You for all You provide for us (Acts 14:17).  Lord, I pray we will strengthen our fellow believers and encourage them to remain true to the faith (Acts 14:22). Lord, I pray we will keep our trust in You (Acts 14:23). Lord, I pray we will indeed finish the work You’ve set before us (Acts 14:26).  Lord, I pray we will share success stories of those who’ve come to faith in You (Acts 14:27).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I faithfully serve God.” <>< Dona