Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia, part 1


Acts 13:13-33

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia, Part 1

  1. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace.
  2. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer.
  3. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
  4. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
  5. This the second leg of the first missionary journey; from Cyprus, Paul and Barnabas, sail northeast to Antioch of Pisidia in the Roman province of Galatia. John Mark, for reasons not explained, returns home to Jerusalem.
  6. “To the Jew first” is Paul’s methodology proven by his entering a synagogue to begin the ministry in Antioch.
  7. After the traditional call to worship, some prayers recited, and Scripture read, Paul would have stood at the Bema or pulpit to deliver the early kerygma preaching points.
  8. Politely and clearly Paul addresses his audience, made up of Both Jews and Gentile God-fearers. Paul proceeds to present the time honored account of God’s dealings with those he had called out, His chosen ones.
  9. The focus of the message goes to King David, a man after God’s own heart, who would do His will. The major point is that from David’s offspring, God has brought forth a Savior, namely Jesus. (No need to say, Jesus of Nazareth as the hearers must have know of whom Paul spoke).
  10. Paul speaks of John the Baptist, whom so many regarded as a prophet, who pointed to Jesus as the Messiah. Yet the rulers did not recognize Him.
  11. Then there is the recounting of the betrayal and the role that the Romans played. Jesus is crucified and is buried.
  12. But, God raised Him from the dead and He Appeared to many over a period of days.

Paul and Barnabas are then messengers of Good News; God has fulfilled what He had promised to the fathers.

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