May 27, 2018

Spiritual Memorial Day (Acts 14)

Sermon Notes

Spiritual Memorial Day (Acts 14)

Pastor Deric Thomas

[1] Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. [2] But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. [3] So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. [4] But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. [5] When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, [6] they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, [7] and there they continued to preach the gospel. [8] Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. [9] He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, [10] said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking. [11] And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” [12] Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. [13] And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. [14] But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, [15] “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. [16] In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. [17] Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” [18] Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them. [19] But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. [20] But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. [21] When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, [22] strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. [23] And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. [24] Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. [25] And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, [26] and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. [27] And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. [28] And they remained no little time with the disciples. [Act 14:1-28 ESV]



  1. Pray for God to help you grow in such a way that your gospel sharing, teaching, and preaching would become even more effective (1).

  2. Don’t let your mind be poisoned by the deception and lies of the evil one, even as he works through the gossip of people (2).

  3. Just because their is resistance to your ministry doesn’t mean you should give up on it (3).

  4. The evil one will bring about division as a result of loving and truthful gospel preaching and teaching (4).

  5. There are times when God will lead you to wisely flee certain situations in order to minister in other places and to other people (5-7).

  6. God can heal anyone, at any time, and of anything, if He chooses (8-10).

  7. Be careful of putting any person before God in your heart, even those He uses to serve and bless you the most (11-14).

  8. God’s life giving nature is so evidently good and loving. He graciously gives us relationships, food, clothing, shelter, comfort, and happiness (15-18).

  9. No matter how bad things get when we are serving Christ, God can raise us up and make a way out of no way (19-20).

  10. The missionary teams primary strategy was to preach the gospel, make disciples, appoint elders/pastors, strengthen the souls of disciples, follow up, and encourage them to persevere in faith through suffering (21-23).

  11. Decisions about church leadership positions should be made with prayer and fasting, and fully committed to the Lord (23).

  12. God uses healthy sending churches like Antioch in powerful ways to fulfill His work all over the world (24-26).

  13. It is good to humbly share all that God graciously does through us as He opens doors of faith, and gives us opportunities to share with the church (27-28).

Dr. Deric Thomas