The New Testament Way
“At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.” (Acts 14:1 NIV)
If we do not yearn and pray and expect God to stretch out his hand and do the supernatural, it will not happen. That is the simple truth of the matter. We must give him room to operate. If we go on, week after week, filling the time with religious lectures and nothing more, God has little opportunity in which to move.
So long as we are busy polishing our oratory, the stage is entirely ours… God is not nearly as enamored with the performance of pulpiteering as he is with humble words that manifest his presence to the soul. Consider Paul and Barnabas’s ministry in two adjacent towns, as related in Acts 14:
- Iconium: “Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders” (v. 3, italics added).
- Lystra: “A man crippled in his feet… listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, ‘Stand up on your feet!’ At that, the man jumped up and began to walk” (vv. 8-10). The crowd’s reaction was immediate.
Message plus divine demonstration. Doctrine plus power. This is the New Testament way.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire)
Read Acts 14:1-10.