Left for Dead in Lystra
November 20, 2005
INTRODUCTION: The Lord has gifted the church through the ministry of the Holy Spirit to meet every possible need that confronts us. According to Gal. 5:22, the fruit of the Spirit manifests itself in the context of ministry. It is in this text that we see a great display of the Word of God and the Power of God.
1. PROPHECY. 1, 21, 25
Acts 14:21, "And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch"
They preached God's Word with clarity and power
Acts 14:22, "strengthening the souls of the disciples"
Acts 14:22, "exhorting them to continue in the faith"
Acts 14:23, "So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed."
Whereas, in Antioch Pisidia, Luke records a sermon very focused to a Jewish audience; in Lystra, he is speaking mostly to Gentiles and he begins with a miracle.
I. THE MIRACELOUS MINISTRY. 8-10
A. THE HOPELESSNESS OF THE MAN. 8
"without strength in his feet"
"a cripple from his mother's womb"
"who had never walked"
The hopelessness of this man's condition is brought to our attention. The Holy Spirit reiterates it three times. Paul has the gift of healing and he is using it as an opportunity for securing a wider hearing for the gospel.
B. THE HEARING OF THIS MAN. 9
"heard Paul speaking" – King James says, "he was listening"; he was in the habit of listening; imperfect tense of the verb.
Romans 10:17, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
"he had faith to be healed"
C. THE HEALING OF THIS MAN. 10
The unhindered flow of the Holy Spirit's power through Paul resulted in a dramatic miracle.
II. THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF THEIR MESSAGE.
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