Acts Chapter 14
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Question & things to think about from chapter 14
 
1)  At Iconium they have some success but then the opposition mounts again. It is fairly typical of Greek, and especially the NT writers, to use pronouns more than we do in English and to otherwise make it hard (for us) to figure out who is who in a passage.

Who are the various parties here? When it mentions Gentiles, does it always mean the general population or is it the Gentile God-fearers?

2)   At Lystra they heal a man and are then taken to be Zeus and Hermes. How did the languages get in the way here? What does this, perhaps, tell us about the utility of the common Greek for the spread of the Gospel?
 
3)   Clearly, they are being followed around by some of the Jews they upset earlier, who stir up trouble again. Paul is stoned (for the first time) and is thought dead at one point. Does this explain how, later on the return journey, they can encourage the new believers in each town without being hassled?
 
4)   On the return journey they appoint elders in every church (literally , “gathering”). Think about how new these “elders” were to the faith. Who might they have been and how would they themselves grow in knowledge and faith?