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?