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Mission trip continues

Missionary trip with mission team (Paul, Barnabas and John Mark) continues from Cyprus. In our study this evening we will look at the setting, the sermon, and time permitting the response.
(Pauls missionary trip 1 picture inserted here)
Antioch of Syria to Seleucia (13:1, 4)
Met with the prophets there who had been praying (v.3)
Laid hands on Paul and Barnabas and sent them out (v.3-4)
Under the direction of the Holy Spirit (v.2)
Seleucia to Salamis (on island of Cyprus (v.5)
Under the power and the guidance of the Holy Spirit they set sail from Seleucia to the island of Cyrus to Salamis. There the started to preach in the synagogues
Salamis to Paphos (capital of Cyprus) (v.6)
Then on to Paphos, a land journey and meet up with false prophet and the proconsul (v.6-7)
Paul under power of the Holy Spirit called out the false prophet (v.8) and the results were seen in (v.11) since the hand of the Lord was on him.
The proconsul believed (v.12)
Tonight we journey leaving from Paphos (v.13)
Acts 13:13 NASB95
13 Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem.
Question: Where was the next stop after Paphos (v.13)? What else happened there?
Next stop was Perga in Pamphylia
Also can see that John (aka John Mark) left and returned to Jerusalem.
We do not know for sure why John Mark left, there is lots of conjecture on reasons, but scripture is not clear here. what we can know is that it caused division between Paul and Barnabas, but that is not seen until (Act15:36-40); so just note that down in your notes.
(Transition) Now this leads to the next part of the journey and the setting.

The Setting

Now they continue the journey and Paul in like manner will do as he has in other places (Act13:5, 17:1-3) and bring the good news to the Jews.
First I think we need to journey to then get to the setting.
Acts 13:14 NASB95
14 But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.
(Pauls missionary trip 1 picture inserted here again)
So you can see the journey now, it was had hard long, arduous trip through hundreds of miles of mountains, rivers and bandits. This could be what Paul wrote to the Corinthians about
(Below not on screen, just read it)
2 Corinthians 11:26 NASB95
26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;
Now it was Paul’s custom when he entered a town to go to the synagogues and preach there first
Acts 13:5 NASB95
5 When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper.
and you will see that again
Acts 17:1–2 NASB95
1 Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Acts 17:3 NASB95
3 explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”
I had to bring in (v.3), just to keep it in context, lol.
Now onward with the text
Acts 13:15–16 NASB95
15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.” 16 Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:
Paul never missed an opportunity to preach! here is the invitation, and he ceases the moment. So now we get the meat of the scripture, then after we will see the results.

The Sermon

It is an interesting fact that Paul’s sermon (Act13:24-33) can be laid out next to Stephens (Act7:2-46) and then Paul’s address to Antioch (Act13:24-34) and Peter’s address to Cornelius (Act10:37-43). So in short God’s message, the gospel is echoed in Peter and in Stephen.
Paul preaches Hebrew History (Act13:17-23)
Acts 13:17–18 NASB95
17 “The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it. 18 “For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness.
Acts 13:19–20 NASB95
19 “When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance—all of which took about four hundred and fifty years. 20 “After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
Acts 13:21–22 NASB95
21 “Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 “After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’
Acts 13:23 NASB95
23 “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,
So highlights to grab from the history.
God chose them (v.17); God brought them into wilderness (v.18)
God gave them, distributed their land (v.19); God appointed judges (v.20)
They asked for king, got a king (v.21); God raised up a man after His own heart (v.22)
All Hebrew history points to Jesus as its fulfillment. So starting with delivery out of Egypt, to wilderness, wilderness to the promised land, in the promised land to a cycle of sin and God gives the judges. The people ask for a king and then God brings the man after his own heart who will bring into view God’s promise to Abraham, the seed of promise, Jesus
God brought a Savior, Jesus (v.23)
Paul proclaims Jesus is the promise (Act13:23-26)
Acts 13:23–24 NASB95
23 “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, 24 after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Acts 13:25–26 NASB95
25 “And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’ 26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.
Starting with the proclaiming by John, and the baptism of repentance (v.24)
The message of salvation has been sent (v.26)
He gives the evidence of death and resurrection of Jesus (Act13:27-37)
Acts 13:27–28 NASB95
27 “For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. 28 “And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed.
Acts 13:29–30 NASB95
29 “When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. 30 “But God raised Him from the dead;
Acts 13:31–32 NASB95
31 and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. 32 “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,
Acts 13:33–34 NASB95
33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today i have begotten You.’ 34 As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
Acts 13:35–36 NASB95
35 “Therefore He also says in another Psalm,You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.’ 36 “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;
Acts 13:37 NASB95
37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay.
The words of the prophets were fulfilled in condemning Him (v.27); They put Him to death (v.28)
God raised Him up (v.30); there were witnesses (v.31)
This brought about the good news that was being preached by Paul and the others, fulfilling what was said in Ps2:7 (see v.33) God raised him so to see no corruption (Isa55:3; Ps16:10); David served his generation (v.36) but now look at (v.38-39) again together
Acts 13:38–39 NASB95
38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
Question: What is proclaimed (v.38) and how is freedom obtained (v.39)
Forgiveness of sins is proclaimed (v.38); It is obtained through belief (v.39)
Warning issued (Act13:40-41)
Acts 13:40 NASB95
40 “Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:
Acts 13:41 NASB95
41 Behold, you scoffers, and marvel, and perish; For I am accomplishing a work in your days, A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you.’ ”
Take heed what has been spoken by Prophets (v.40)
You will perish because you do not believe (v.41)
(Stop; expand; believe or perish)
(Transition) now that brings us to the last section, the response to the sermon.

The Response

The Good news will have different responses, some positive, some negative, some immediate some delayed.
Response on that Sabbath (Act13:42-43)
Acts 13:42–43 NASB95
42 As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.
The people (Gentiles) begged them to stay (v.42); the Jews urged them to continue in the grace of God (v.43)
Immediate response, many wanted to hear more, more on the following Sabbath.
Response on the next Sabbath (Act13:44-48)
Acts 13:44–45 NASB95
44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
Acts 13:46–47 NASB95
46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 “For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles, That You may bring salvation to the end of the earth.’ ”
Acts 13:48 NASB95
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Question: what was the reason almost the whole city assembled the next Sabbath (v.44)?
To hear the word of the Lord
(expand on hearing the word) -
Question: in looking at (v.45) what is the response from the Jews?
They were filled with jealousy; then they were contradicting what Paul was preaching.
In (vv.46-47) Paul and Barnabas turn attention to the Gentiles. The Jews heard the Good News first and they were rejecting it. This was always a part o God’s plan, you can see that it was promised to the Gentiles if you look at (Isa42:6, 49:6)
Isaiah 42:6 NASB95
6 “I am the Lord, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations,
Isaiah 49:6 NASB95
6 He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Question: what was the response of the Gentiles in (v.48)?
They were rejoicing, they were glorifying the word of the Lord.
In looking at (v.48) in fact let me put it back up in front of you for a minute for there is something more I want to say on it.
Acts 13:48 NASB95
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Notice at the end it says as many as had been appointed.
some believe this has to do with divine election (Calvin view); that would be contrary to God’s will (1Tim2:4; 2Pt3:9) Where God wants all saved, all to come to repentance.
This can do with God’s foreknowledge of who will accept the Christ when they hear the gospel
Without a doubt it does mean that if you reject the gospel you are rejecting God and are unworthy of eternal life (v.46)
More response results seen in (Act13:49-51)
Acts 13:49–50 NASB95
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.
Acts 13:51 NASB95
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.
Question: What was being spread and where (v.49)?
The Word was being spread to the whole region.
(expand on this for 1-2 minutes)
Question: What more response do you see in (v.50)?
By devout women and leading men, persecution was instigated that drove Paul and Barnabas out of region.
So driven out of the region, look at (v.51) and let me ask
Question: What was the results of being drive out of the region (v.51)?
They shook dust off their feet, and then then came to Iconium.
God grows the church, God adds to the numbers, and oftentimes the great growth happens in persecution. Here it sent Paul and Barnabas to Iconium. It sent us from Texas to Iowa. And the end result for this leg of the mission trip and for us to learn and apply is found in (v.52)
Acts 13:52 NASB95
52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Summing it up, drawing a conclusion
Paul and Barnabas experienced what happen in Jerusalem
People were believing, obeying, following
Persecution followed too
Some wanted more, some rejected
Persecution led to distribution, moving on to carry the good news elsewhere. They were filled with Joy , filled with the Holy Spirit!
(Encouragement -Joy filled-1)
Are you joy filled? Be joy filled regardless of circumstances
(Prayer) (Exit)
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