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Gospel Power Comes by the Word of His Grace

Ted VinatieriTed Vinatieri, August 7, 2016
Part of the Acts: You are My Witnesses series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

New Life Community Church, Stafford VA

Acts 14:1-18

1And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 2But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and made them evil affected against the brethren. 3Long time therefore they tarried [there] speaking boldly in the Lord, who bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to treat them shamefully and to stone them, 6they became aware of it, and fled unto the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the region round about: 7and there they preached the gospel. 8And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. 9The same heard Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, 10said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked. 11And when the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercury, because he was the chief speaker. 13And the priest of Jupiter whose [temple] was before the city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the multitudes. 14But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they rent their garments, and sprang forth among the multitude, crying out 15and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good tidings, that ye should turn from these vain things unto a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that in them is: 16who in the generations gone by suffered all the nations to walk in their own ways. 17And yet He left not himself without witness, in that he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness. 18And with these sayings scarce restrained they the multitudes from doing sacrifice unto them. (ASV)

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