Paul continues his missionary visits to the towns and cities of Asia Minor. He always chose the strategic centers from which to work. Iconium was a prosperous commercial city on one of the main trade routes from east to west, where there would be both Jews and Gentiles. Lystra was a smaller and more country town, with a simpler and less-educated population.
- Each verse of verses 1-7 describes a fresh development in the events at Iconium. From these identify the three main stages of the work. Are you finding that opposition (human or satanic) follows blessing in your Christian work?
- Verses 8-12. At Lystra a cripple is healed. What are:
(a) the condition of the man,
(b) the cause and the character of his faith, and
(c) the reaction of the people
- What five elemental truths about God are set forth by Paul in verses 15-17?
What application does he draw from them?
Cf. verses 11, 14, 15. To whom do you think Paul would bring this of message today
- Verses 19-25. Despite opposition Paul and Barnabas return to the cities where churches have been founded to strengthen them.
In what ways did they encourage these young Christians?
What can we learn from this about helping one another in our faith
- Paul and Barnabas report to the church that had sent them out. Cf. 13:1-3 with 14:26-28.
What is their emphasis in the way they report?