by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 14:1-23 (28 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both
together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake,
that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of
the Greeks believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles,
and made their minds evil affected against the

This chapter continues the missionary work of Paul and
Barnabas, which began in chapter 13. Once the Jews
and other prominent Gentiles expelled Paul and
Barnabas from Antioch, these 2 men shook off the dust
from their feet and proceeded to spread the word of
eternal life to the Gentiles. (13:49-52)

Before we get into the text of chapter 14, I want us
to see just how far these 2 men traveled to proclaim
the gospel of Christ.

Chapter 13:
Antioch (verse 1)
Seleucia (verse 4)
Cyprus (verse 4)
Salamis (verse 5)
Paphos (verse 6)
Perga in Pamphylia (verse 13)
Antioch in Pisidia (verse 14)

Chapter 14:
Iconium (verse 1)
Lystra, Derbe, Lycaonia (verse 6)
Stoned and dragged out of lystra and left for dead
(verse 19)
Lystra, Derbe, Pisidia, Pamphilia, Perga, Attalia,

When you chart the distance that Paul and Barnabas
traveled in their first missionary journey it was
hundreds of miles.

Nevertheless, even under great results, the same
persecution from unbelieving Jews that we already saw
in chapter 13 happened in chapter 14 as well.
Persecution never stopped the work of God.

Since this country in particular chooses the easy way
out of everything and many in the church have opted to
avoid persecution, they are cowards and not
Christians. These are not my words, but the word of
the scriptures themselves.

Mark 8:34-38
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his
disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,
and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save ...

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