Sunday, December 2, 2012

Acts 14

Paul and Barnabas spoke in Iconium at the synagogue. This time, a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed but the ones who didn't stirred up the Gentiles and planned to stone them. Paul and Barnabas stayed a bit longer and then fled to Lystra and Derbe. How does Paul and Barnabas' experience in Iconium differ from their experience in Antioch?

Paul heals a crippled man in Lystra. The city's reaction is the complete opposite of Iconium. They declare Paul and Barnabas Greek gods. The city begins to sacrifice things to them. Paul and Barnabas try to clear the misunderstanding but it only turns the crowd, and Paul is stoned and left for dead outside. Miraculously, the next day Paul got back up and went back into the city.  Paul and Barnabas went back through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch and continued to strengthen disciples and appointed elders for churches. What was one of the biggest misunderstandings about Christianity you had to overcome before you could believe?

Seeing all the opposition Paul and Barnabas faced on their first mission trip, what do you think caused them to consider it a success? When ministering to others, is it easy to focus on the opposition rather than what God is doing through you?

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