Powered by the Holy Spirit
1. Trust the Holy Spirit to Make you a Discipler
Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.
2 He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem.
5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
2. Trust the Holy Spirit to give you Direction
3. Trust the Holy Spirit to use you to make Disciples
4. Trust the Holy Spirit to give you Determination
It is not necessary to assume, as some commentators have done, that the inner cell was an underground cell. The inner cell was simply “the farthest cell in prison.” This may be translated in some instances as “the most guarded cell of the prison,” since one would need to pass through several other cells in order to arrive at this inner cell.
Between heavy blocks of wood is rendered by most translators as “stocks.” The term “stocks” was avoided by the TEV for two reasons: (1) it was felt that its meaning would not be readily understood by the readers for whom the TEV was designed and (2) the stocks utilized by the Romans were of a different sort from those otherwise known. The Romans used this as an instrument of torture. It had more than one pair of holes for the legs, so that a prisoner’s legs could be spread wide apart, causing him great pain.