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At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the gospel.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture
2 Corinthians 12:10
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 3 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Paul and Barnabas spent “considerable time” in Iconium and at the synagogue speaking boldly for the Lord with mixed results. They once again encountered disbelieving Jews who were intent on stirring up trouble.
Why do you think it was so hard for them to believe?
What is the most remarkable transformation you have seen in a new believer? What was the most remarkable
transformation in your life as you learned to follow Jesus?
How would you recount your faith story to the people of the first century church? To your neighbors today?