June 16th, 2019
1.) Notice that in verses 1-7 we see the typical pattern of Paul & Barnabas' mission work: preaching and teaching followed by conversions and then persecution. Also, verses 5-7 show the mounting persecution in Iconium and the decision of Paul and Barnabas, once the plan of mistreatment and stoning was known, to leave the area. WHEN MINISTERING, WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO MOVE ON FROM A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT? HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO SOMEONE WHO SAID THAT JESUS DIDN'T LEAVE THE CROSS, SO WHY WOULD HIS FOLLOWER LEAVE A PLACE OF DANGER? WHAT TYPE OF PERSECUTION HAVE YOU ENDURED FOR CHRIST'S SAKE?
2.) Verses 8-18 are the account of the people of Lystra, once they saw the lame man healed, trying to treat Paul & Barnabas as gods. Wonderfully, the two missionaries denied this attempt at treating them as gods and focused the attention on the true God. WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF CHRISTIANS TODAY TREATED "OVER THE TOP" WITH PRAISE, HONOR, ETC.? HOW CAN WE TURN AWAY FROM THIS EVIL AND ENSURE WE GIVE "TO GOD WHAT IS GOD'S" Mark 12:17?