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In today’s Christain Religious Studies class, We will be discussing The Journey from Antioch in Pisidia to Derbe. We hope you enjoy the class!
THE JOURNEY FROM ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA TO DERBE PAUL AT ICONIUM [ACTS 14;1-7] PAUL AND BARNABAS AT LYSTRA [ ACTS 14;8-20] PAUL AND BARNABAS RETURN TO ANTIOCH IN SYRIA [ACTS 14;21-28]
For his first missionary journey, Paul visited Derbe, a town in Turkey. There, he preached and got many disciples one of whom was Gaius who later accompanied Paul to his missionary journey to Greece. Do note that Paul’s journey to Derbe happened after he was stoned in Iconium.
Paul and Barnabas in Iconium
At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue as usual. And there they preached elegantly to the crowd, performing signs and wonders. Many people- Jews and Gentiles believed, but the few Jews that didn’t believe poisoned the mind of the Gentiles and stirred them up for violence. The crowd was divided, some for Paul while some against him. They planned to stone them, but Paul and Barnabas found out in time and fled to Lystra and Derbe, and to neighbouring countries where they continued to preach the gospel there. They knew that there would be no giving up in the spreading of the gospel, irrespective of the difficulties and persecutions that they faced.
Paul and Barnabas in Lystra
Paul and Barnabas were preaching in Lystra when they noticed a crippled man who was listening to them attentively. He was born crippled. Paul saw in his heart that he had faith, so Paul called him out with a loud voice, commanding him to “Stand up!” Immediately the man jumped on his feet and started walking. The crowd was amazed. They spoke in their dialects, saying that Paul and Barnabas were gods in human form. They said Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus while Paul was Hermes since he was the speaker. Immediately the priest of the temple of Zeus which was located close by together with the crowd brought bulls and flowers to the town gate to offer sacrifice to the apostles. And when Paul and Barnabas learnt of this, they tore their clothes and ran to them saying “Friends, why are you doing this? We are humans just like you. We have come to bring you good news that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God who made heaven and earth and everything…”
Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, won and poisoned the mind of the crowd anD finally convincing the people to stone Paul. After he was very well stoned and assumed to be dead, he was dragged out of the town, assumed to be dead. But as other Christians gathered round him and prayed, he got up and went into the town. The next day he went to Derbe with Barnabas.
- Opposition to the gospel can’t stop its spread
- The glory of God shouldn’t be shared with man. Give all the glory to God
- Be honest and humble, do not feel like a god because you have done a great thing
- Caution people when they want to give you praise that belongs to God.
- Narrate the incident that preceded the stoning of Paul and Barnabas.
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