A Man, A Message, And A Miracle
Sunday, March 4, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In this story, we read of the success of the gospel in Iconium. Paul and Barnabas had visited one of the local synagogues, preaching Christ. In (vs. 1), the Bible says, "...a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. However, the unbelieving Jews turned against Paul and Barnabas and sought to have them stoned. As a result, they fled to the city of Lystra. Lystra was about 18 miles southeast of Iconium.
When Paul entered Lystra, he came upon a man, whom the Bible says, was "...impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked before" (vs.8).
ILLUS: Have you ever thought about what it would be like not to be able to walk?
When Kitty and I got off the plane on Tuesday evening, we were walking next to a man who sat with us during our flight. As we walked down the ramp, his foot slipped a little, causing him to have to catch his balance. He said, "If I wasn't so bull-legged, that wouldn't have happened. I've been bull-legged all my life." I said, "Well, ‘walking bull-legged' is better than not walking at all," motioning toward two people in front of us, both being pushed in wheelchairs. He said, "Amen! You are sure right about that."
As we look at our message this morning, I would like for us to consider three things about this crippled man found in Acts, chapter fourteen:
I. His Pitiful Condition
II. His Unusual Faith
III. His Immediate Response
I. HIS PITIFUL CONDITION
A. He was in need
1. There are few things worse than not being able
to walk. I suppose, blindness would be worse. It would be very difficult not to be able to see. There were a lot of blind people in the Bible. Jesus healed some of them. Then (especially in that day) leprosy was a dreaded disease. If a man had leprosy, he was considered an outcast—banished to a leper colony, left ...
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