This is a summary of events of the first “missionary journey.” Barnabas and Saul (Paul) went to three additional cities in central Asia Minor. In each, they preached the gospel and established a local church. In Iconium, unbelieving Jews poisoned the minds of many Gentiles. Those joined against the Christians and threatened to abuse and stone Barnabas and Saul. Having fled Iconium, they came to Lystra and healed a lame man. That caused townspeople to think of them as gods. They dispelled that notion but soon Jews from the other cities came. Paul was stoned and left for dead. He and Barnabas moved on to Derbe. They finally returned to cities where churches were established and then went home to Antioch.
- Saul (Paul) and Barnabas
Preaching in Asia Minor
- Cities of Asia Minor - Iconium, Lystra, Derbe
Even in the face of persecution, the gospel is to be preached.
We must never allow others to deify us by comparing us to gods.
Elders are to be appointed in each church…thus maintaining local autonomy.