3:11 Antioch . . . Iconium . . . Lystra. Three cities in the Roman province of Galatia where Paul preached the gospel on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:14–14:20). Against significant opposition, Paul succeeded in establishing a church in each city (Acts 14:21–23). Paul mentions these cities, including Timothy’s home of Lystra, in order to appeal to the roots of Timothy’s faith (vv. 14, 15; 1:5).
the Lord rescued me. See 4:18 and note.