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Transformed in Lystra

Posted 3/1/2020

Sermon Series from Acts: Transformed

Transformed in Lystra

BY PASTOR LEE EVANS

Acts 14:8-20

8  In Lystra a man was sitting who was without strength in his feet, had never walked, & had been lame from birth. 9  He listened as Paul spoke. After looking directly at him & seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10  Paul said in a loud voice, "Stand up on your feet!" And he jumped up & began to walk around. 11  When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!“ 12  Barnabas they called Zeus, & Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13  The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought bulls & wreaths to the gates because he intended, with the crowds, to offer sacrifice.  14  The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting: 15  "People! Why are you doing these things? We are people also, just like you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. 16  In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own way, 17  although he did not leave himself without a witness, since he did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and filling you with food & your hearts with joy.” 18  Even though they said these things, they barely stopped the crowds from sacrificing to them. 19  Some Jews came from Antioch & Iconium, & when they won over the crowds, they stoned Paul & dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead. 20  After the disciples gathered around him, he got up and went into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

 

The First Missionary Journey, Acts 13, 14

1. The Man, v. 8-9

  • ·Without strength (it was impossible for him), Never walked, Born Lame.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Rom. 5:6 (NKJV)
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, Eph. 2:1-2

 

2. The Miracle, v. 10

  • He listened; had faith; and he obeyed

8  In Lystra a man was sitting who was without strength in his feet, had never walked, and had been lame from birth. 9  He listened as Paul spoke. After looking directly at him and seeing that he had faith to be healed, 10  Paul said in a loud voice, "Stand up on your feet?" And he jumped up and began to walk around. Acts 14:8-10

 

3. The Mob, v. 11-13

  • Their mistake – the gods have visited us…
  • The Myth

11  When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!" 12  Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13  The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought bulls &wr eaths to the gates because he intended, with the crowds, to offer sacrifice. Acts 14:11-13 

 

4. The Message, v. 14-19

  • We are men, not god’s
  • Repent: Turn from your gods to the Living God
  • Turn to your merciful Creator!

14  The apostles Barnabas & Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting: 15  "People! Why are you doing these things? We are people also, just like you, & we are proclaiming good news to you, that you turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. Acts 14:14-15

 

5. The Messenger, v. 19, 20

  • Stoned; Left for dead;
  • Rose up & Returned to the Work (John 7:30) 

19  Some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and when they won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead. 20  After the disciples gathered around him, he got up and went into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. Acts 14:19-20 (CSB)

Application

  • Who did you identify with in this story?

  - The Man who was powerless to help himself?

  - The Mob who misunderstood Paul?

  - Those who hated the gospel and wanted to destroy it and those proclaiming it?

  - Paul… who faithfully, courageously, shared and spoke the gospel to EVERYONE who would listen?

  •  What are you going to do with what God has said to you?

  - Do you need to be saved?

  - Do you need to turn to the Living God?

  - WILL you get serious about being a WITNESS… about PRAYING for the Lost… SHARING the GOSPEL… GIVING so the Lost can hear?

  

155,252 people die each day! How many do not know Jesus?