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Lesson 22. Acts, Chapter 14. Time Frame (Acts 14). Paul’s first missionary journey, covered in Acts 13:1 – Acts 14:28, came after Herod’s death in A.D. 44 (12:1-25) First missionary journey covered about 3 years. A.D. 45-48. The Galatian churches were established during this time.

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Lesson 22

Lesson 22

Acts, Chapter 14


Time frame acts 14

Time Frame (Acts 14)

  • Paul’s first missionary journey, covered in Acts 13:1 – Acts 14:28, came after Herod’s death in A.D. 44 (12:1-25)

  • First missionary journey covered about 3 years. A.D. 45-48.

  • The Galatian churches were established during this time.

  • At the close of this tour, Paul and Barnabas report back to the church in Antioch of Syria (14:26-28).


Paul s first missionary journey acts 13 1 14 28 45 48 a d

GALATIA

Paul’s First Missionary Journey(Acts 13:1 – 14:28)45-48 A.D.

Antioch in Pisidia

Iconium

Lystra

Derbe

Perga

Attalia

Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS


At iconium 1 7 1

At Iconium (1-7) 1

  • Paul and Barnabas speak at the Synagogue (1-2)


Paul s first missionary journey acts 13 1 14 28 45 48 a d1

GALATIA

Paul’s First Missionary Journey(Acts 13:1 – 14:28)45-48 A.D.

Iconium about 60 miles SW of Antioch in Pisidia. In the region of Phrygia, near the border of Phrygia and Lycaonia. Several Roman roads there, so an important center for missionary activities. Part of the Roman province of Galatia.

Antioch in Pisidia

Iconium

Lystra

Derbe

Perga

Attalia

Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS


At iconium 1 7 11

At Iconium (1-7) 1

  • Paul and Barnabas speak at the Synagogue (1-2)

    • The message was successful, as a great multitude of both Jews and Gentiles believed. (1)

    • But, the results were mixed, as the city was divided almost down the middle (2,4)

    • Note: Again, the results of the gospel dependent upon the heart of the hearer!


At iconium 1 7 2

At Iconium (1-7) 2

  • Paul and Barnabas remain at Iconium for a long time (3-5)

    • God blessed their efforts by supplying accompanying signs (3)

    • The city was divided in two (4) (cf. Mt. 10:34-36)

    • A plot was hatched to stone them (5)

  • Paul and Barnabas found out about the plot, and fled to Lystra (5-7)

    • They began to preach there as well (7)


Matthew 10 34 36

Matthew 10:34-36

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to “set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law”; 36 and “a man's enemies will be those of his own household.”


At iconium 1 7 21

At Iconium (1-7) 2

  • Paul and Barnabas remain at Iconium for a long time (3-5)

    • God blessed their efforts by supplying accompanying signs (3)

    • The city was divided in two (4) (cf. Mt. 10:34-36)

    • A plot was hatched to stone them (5)

  • Paul and Barnabas found out about the plot, and fled to Lystra (5-7)

    • They began to preach there as well (7)


Paul s first missionary journey acts 13 1 14 28 45 48 a d2

GALATIA

Paul’s First Missionary Journey(Acts 13:1 – 14:28)45-48 A.D.

Lystra about 18 miles south of Iconium, and Derbe about 20 miles SE of Lystra. A rather desolate region of country. Lystra the larger and more significant town. It seems there was no synagogue at either place.

Antioch in Pisidia

Iconium

Lystra

Derbe

Perga

Attalia

Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS


Idolatry at lystra 8 18 1

Idolatry at Lystra (8-18) 1

  • Paul heals a crippled man (8-12)

    • The man was crippled from birth (8)

    • Paul discerned the man’s faith, and healed him without the man asking (9-10)

    • Notice the unequivocal and instantaneous nature of the miracle

    • The people attributed the miracle (superstitiously) to inherent power in Paul and Barnabas (i.e. – they were gods) (11)

    • Barnabas – Zeus; Paul – Hermes (12)


Idolatry at lystra 8 18 2

Idolatry at Lystra (8-18) 2

  • The people intend to worship Paul and Barnabas (13)

    • Temple to Zeus in the city… the Priest of that temple led the attempt to worship

  • Paul and Barnabas reject the adoration of the multitude (14-18)

    • Paul’s address to the people (14-17)

    • Attributed the healing to God

    • The superstition of the people was strong (18)


Stoning escape to derbe 19 20

Stoning, Escape to Derbe (19-20)

  • Enemies in Antioch and Iconium not satisfied with their abuse of Paul in their own city

    • Over 100 miles from Antioch to Lystra

    • Were able to persuade the multitudes

    • Paul stoned, and dragged outside the city

  • Disciples gathered around Paul (20)

    • Paul’s preaching had success “disciples”

    • Paul returned into Derbe

    • Paul and his company departed to Derbe


Strengthening the converts 21 28 1

Strengthening the Converts (21-28) 1

  • Time spent in Derbe preaching resulted in many conversions (21)

  • Paul and party retrace steps (21-23)

    • It is significant that Paul did not back down, but returned to the places where he had been persecuted

    • “strengthening the souls of the disciples”

    • Elders appointed in each city (23)

    • Note: Plurality of men in each congregation, establishing a pattern


Strengthening the converts 21 28 2

Strengthening the Converts (21-28) 2

  • Paul and Barnabas retrace their route, passing through Pisidia, and to the province of Pamphylia (24)

    • Preached in Perga (25)

    • Travel to Attalia, where they find a ship to take them back to Antioch of Syria (26)

    • This completes the first Missionary Journey

    • They reported their success to the disciples, and stayed in Antioch for “a long time” (27-28)


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