The word of God is powerful and active, stirring up opposition, but also turning great numbers to faith in Christ.

BibleGateway: Acts 14:1-7

ESV Text: Acts 14:1-7

Acts 14:1–7 (Listen)

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

14:1 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. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.1 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. But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, and there they continued to preach the gospel.

Footnotes

[1] 14:2 Or brothers and sisters

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KJV Text:

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     1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: 7 And there they preached the gospel.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 373 (LSB 566):
By Grace I’m Saved, Grace Free and Boundless

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1. By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless; 
My soul, believe and doubt it not. 
Why stagger at this word of promise? 
Hath Scripture ever falsehood taught? 
Nay; then this word must true remain; 
By grace thou, too, shalt heav’n obtain. 

2. By grace! None dare lay claim to merit; 
Our works and conduct have no worth. 
God in His love sent our Redeemer, 
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth; 
His death did for our sins atone, 
And we are saved by grace alone. 

3. By grace! Oh, mark this word of promise 
When thou art by thy sins opprest, 
When Satan plagues thy troubled conscience, 
And when thy heart is seeking rest. 
What reason cannot comprehend 
God by His grace to thee doth send. 

4. By grace God’s Son, our only Savior, 
Came down to earth to bear our sin. 
Was it because of thine own merit 
That Jesus died thy soul to win? 
Nay, it was grace, and grace alone, 
That brought Him from His heavenly throne. 

5. By grace! This ground of faith is certain; 
So long as God is true, it stands. 
What saints have penned by inspiration, 
What in His Word our God commands, 
What our whole faith must rest upon, 
Is Grace alone, grace in His Son. 

6. By grace to timid hearts that tremble, 
In tribulation’s furnace tried,– 
By grace, despite all fear and trouble, 
The Father’s heart is open wide. 
Where could I help and strength secure 
If grace were not my anchor sure?