E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
Stay Off That Pedestal
We will study the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul. We will start when he was first mentioned in the book of Acts and follow him through his first missionary journey. Paul, the guy who was the terrorist becomes one of the greatest teachers in the history of the church.
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    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
    Sunday 5:00 AM

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Ministry at Iconium (14:1-7)

The FRUIT of Paul and Barnabas

They preach in Iconium and God also allows them to conduct signs and wonders in order to validate their message (v1, 3)

The result is that a large number of both Jews and Greeks are converted and become followers of Jesus (v2)

The FRICTION toward Paul and Barnabas

The Jews who did not believe their message sought to turn the people as a whole against Paul and Barnabas; “embittered” means to poison” (v2)

This resulted in the people taking sides – some siding with Paul and Barnabas and some siding with the unbelieving Jews (v4)

The FLEEING of Paul and Barnabas

A plot was hatched to stone Paul and Barnabas (v5)

Paul and Barnabas found out about the plot and fled to Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe where they continues to preach (v6-7)
Ministry in Lystra (14:8-20)

The MIRACLE involved (v8-10)

As Paul is preaching he sees a man who had been lame from birth listening to his message (listening shows repetition)

Realizing the man was showing faith, Paul called on him to stand

The man leaped up and begun to walk

The MOVEMENT involved (v11-13)

The crowd immediately begins to see Paul and Barnabas as gods calling Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes (the messenger of the gods) since he was speaking (v11-12) This unusual response came from the folklore of the town recorded by a Roman Poet which said that in a time past Zeus and Hermes came to Lystra disguised as regular people and asking for food and lodging

The people of the town refused them but a man named Philemon and his wife took them in

As a result a flood came and destroyed everyone else in the city but Philemon’s cottage was turned into as temple of these gods where Philemon and his wife served them as their priest and priestess until they died

The priest from the temple of Zeus brought oxen in an attempt to offer a sacrifice of worship to Paul and Barnabas (v13)

The MEEKNESS involved (v14-18)

Paul and Barnabas are very bothered by this (seen in their tearing their clothes) and rush out to address this movement (v14-17)

We are men like you

The gospel we preached to you is intended for you to turn away from false religion (like worshipping them)

This God that we preach to you has proven His love for you

Thought very difficult they were able to keep the people from offering sacrifices of worship to them (v18)

Herod had the opposite reaction when the people attributed deity to him which resulted in his being eaten by worms (12:20-23)

The MADNESS involved (v19-20)

Jews from Antioch and Iconium who had previously tried to kill Paul come to Lystra and are able to turn the people from wanting to worship them to wanting to kill them (v19)

They stone Paul and leave him outside the city thinking he is dead (v19) surrounded by his disciples one of which could have been Timothy who was a native of Lystra (Acts 16:1)

Paul survives the attack and the next day he and Barnabas leave for Derbe – a 40 mile walk after being stoned (v20)