Summary: This was a sermon given to Cornerstone Christian Church over Acts 14:8-20.
Falling Rocks | Acts 14:8-20
Allow me to read from the Word of Our Lord.
Please open with me to Acts 14:8-20.
In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and persuaded the crowd. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
Let’s go to the Lord in a word of prayer. Pray
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the many blessings you have given us as we have held onto your promises. Father, I pray that as we gather today, we are reminded of the love of the Son, and that we are moved, driven by the engine that is your Holy Spirit, to fulfill the duties that you have laid before us. In this we labor for Your Name Sake. Amen.
First off, I want to thank you for allowing me to preach… And by that I mean that I haven’t seen anyone get up and walk out yet. Notice I said, yet? If you’re just now joining us, we have set aside a considerable chunk of time to walk through the journey of the Apostles as they had built the foundation of the church that we know, at least in it’s form and orthodox, to be today. There’s two great divisions in the Book of Acts, the first is Peter and friends in chapters 1-8 as they replace Judas Iscariot, prayerfully await the Holy Spirit, and begin to fulfill Jesus’ mission and ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing so that a nation of Jews might know that Jesus was their long-awaited Messiah that they crucified. The ending of that chapters 1-8 division is a form of persecution that hits the church and causes this message and proclamation of Jesus as Lord and King to spread beyond Israel. The next big division is chapters 9-28. It starts out with Saul, this crazy Pharisee, on his way to rebuke Jesus, but then something comes up along the way and his life is turned upside down. He begins to take the message of Christ not only to the Jews, but also to Gentiles, or the Greeks that were populating the ruling and known world.