Read Chapter 14, verses 1-7
1. The unbelieving Jews “poisoned the minds” of the believing Greeks. As a result, Paul and Barnabas stayed there a long time ( until violence moved them on ). What type of poison might they have used? What modern day “poisons” do those who are antagonistic to Jesus Christ use against Christians today?
Continue reading verse 8-20
2 How do the crowds react to the healing of the crippled man at the hands of Paul? How do Paul and Barnabas counter the crowds reaction in a wise and Biblical way? How is this similar to Peter’s experience in Acts 3:11-16?
3. Why did God allow signs and wonders to be performed by Paul, Barnabas, Peter and the other disciples/apostles? ( See Mark 16:17 ) What was the purpose?
4 Stephen is stoned at the approval of Paul. ( Acts 7:57-58) Paul is stoned in the same manner ( “supposing him to be dead” ) as recorded in Luke verses 19 and 20. Stephen dies while Paul rises and walks back into the city. Why the disparity?
Conclude by reading verses 21-28
5 Paul and Barnabas conclude their first missionary journey by returning to where they started, “Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying “we must, through many tribulations, enter the kingdom of God”. What tribulations might we endure as Christians? How should this statement ( “We must through many tribulations….” ) encourage us? How does this statement conflict with the Word of Faith teachers?
Reflect – “From there they sailed to Antioch where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. ( vs 26 ) Is there a work that the Lord gave you which you believe you’ve competed? If so, where do you feel He’s moving you now? Or, perhaps there’s a work you left unfinished. Pray about it and see if the Lord would give you the opportunity and resources to finish.