Bible Reading – Acts 14

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium (14:1-7). Going next to Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and proclaimed the good news. A large group of both Jews and Greeks believed. However, the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers, so Paul and Barnabas fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra (14:8-20). In Lystra, Paul healed a man, who could not use his feet, lame from birth, prompting the people to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas as the gods Zeus and Hermes. Still the apostles tried to draw the crowd away from such worthless things to the living God, who is the creator of all things, but it proved difficult to persuade the crowds. Then, with the help of the unbelieving Jews, the crowds tried to kill Paul, but he survived and on the next day, he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria (14:21-28). Paul and Barnabas then returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Pisidian Antioch, strengthening and encouraging the disciples and appointing elders. Afterward they returned to Antioch and reported all the things God had done with them.

Practical Lessons: (1) To proclaim the good news is to proclaim a message of grace. (2) The living God does not leave himself without witness. (3) Citizenship in God’s kingdom brings persecution.