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Paul's Journey from Lystra to Thyatira (7 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
TEXT: Acts 16:1-15
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we talked about the Jewish believers who felt it necessary that Gentiles be circumcised in order to be saved. In (15:1), it says, "And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved."
Paul and Barnabas disagreed with this false teaching, but
due to the disagreement among the Jewish believers, it was decided that Paul and Barnabas would be sent to Jerusalem and present their case before the elders and the other Apostles, which they did. Finally, the issue was resolved. It was decided that circumcision was not a requirement. Letters were sent back to the churches concerning this matter. In (vs. 24), they wrote, "Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment."
Very simply put: salvation is by faith in Christ alone and not by the keeping of the Law. In Romans 3:24, we read, "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
This evening, we begin chapter 16, with Paul's visit to Lystra, where he meets young Timothy. Timothy joins up with Paul and Silas on their missionary journey. Let me give you three things:
I. A Call to Timothy
II. A Cry for Help
III. A Heart for God
I. A CALL TO TIMOTHY (VV. 1-5)
A. Timothy's Background (vv. 1, 2)
1. Timothy was a resident of the city of Lystra. In (vs. 1), it says Paul "came to Derbe and Lystra." Derbe was about 20 miles away from Lystra. Here, in the town of Lystra, Paul meets young Timothy. Though the Bible does not mention Timothy's age, it is generally believed that he was in his late teens or early twenties.
a. We are tol ...
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