Paul’s First Missionary Journey. We don’t know what Paul looked like. But we know well the extent of his accomplishments. Paul's First Missionary Journey, with Barnabas to Cyprus and Asia Minor BCE46-48 and Its Sequel, the Council at Jerusalem BCE49 Taken from Acts 13:4-14:28.
We don’t know what Paul looked like.
But we know well the extent of his accomplishments.
Paul's First Missionary Journey, with Barnabas to Cyprus and Asia Minor BCE46-48 and Its Sequel, the Council at Jerusalem BCE49
Taken from Acts 13:4-14:28
So the disciples in Antioch
"fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away"
They began their missionary journey and headed for the port in Seleucia to set sail from Syria.
went down (from Syrian Antioch ) to Seleucia  and from there sailed off to Cyprus.
On their arrival at Salamis  they began to proclaim God's message in the Jewish synagogues, having John (Mark) as their assistant.
At Salamis the Roman influence was very apparent, a beautiful forum, gymnasium, public baths, a large theater, and a temple dedicated to Zeus.
In fact Salamis was known for having the largest agora (marketplace) of all the colonies within the Roman Empire.
They reached Paphos , the city port on the western side of the island, and the seat of Roman government.
Accompanying the governor was a Jew named Bar-Jesus, or Elymas, a false prophet and magician, who, fearful of the influence of the apostles, withstood them,
"seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith."
"O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? “
And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time."
And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord."
He was now clearly seen as the preacher to the Gentiles, and simultaneously his name of reference was changed. Nothing is said to explain the change of name, although there are many conjectures among writers.
Paul and his companions set sail for Asia 
he and his companions traveled inland for about eight miles to the city of Perga in Pamphylia ,
and it was here that John Mark left the group and went back to Jerusalem
(Acts 13 :14).
There they began evangelizing the southern region of the province of Galatia.
Settled by Gauls from central Asia in the 3rd century BC, Galatia included the Phrygian town of Pisidian Antioch; not to be confused with Syrian Antioch
It became the chief administrative and military center for southern Galatia after Emperor Augustus had made it a Roman colony.
This city was an important commercial center on the great trade route linking Ephesus on the coast with Syria and the cities of Mesopotamia.
It was also a place of pagan worship and contained a great temple dedicated to Ascaenus, the chief deity of the city.
Antioch of Pisidia was a highly strategic place from which to spread the gospel.
Paul stood up and proceeded to preach to them the history of redemption from Abraham to Jesus.
Many believed and urged him to speak on the next Sabbath.
During the week so much interest was stirred up that on the Sabbath
"nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of God."
"began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming,"
so Paul said,
"We turn to the gentiles...",
and the apostles boldly proclaimed salvation to the gentiles.
Jewish opposition increased, and the apostles left Antioch
(Acts 13:42-51). As a result of their witness,
"the word of the Lord spread throughout all the whole region"
and went on to Iconium .
And the disciples continued to be full of joy and the Holy Spirit.
Much the same thing happened at Iconium.
a five to six thousand foot mountain range.
Iconium had a good water supply and was well situated for defense. Iconium was like a garden in that arid region,
and had been called
"the Damascus of Asia."
When they had entered the synagogue, the unbelieving Jews had already poisoned the people's minds.
Persecution was raised by the unbelieving Jews, but the apostles stayed a long time and preached and were, encouraged by the miracles that God worked through them.
Although a great multitude believed the gospel at Iconium, because of their Jewish instigators the city was divided in opinion about the message preached by the evangelists.
Church of ST. Paul in Iconium
The town now a place of fallen ruins lay in a small valley watered by a small river flowing to the east.
Lystra had once been a military outpost of Rome but declined in population and importance after the area was subdued.
It was off the main roads, and its inhabitants spoke their native Lycaonian language rather than the Greek used by most citizens of the Roman Empire in Paul's day
In Lystra they starting preaching again and when Paul healed a crippled man the people thought they were gods and said
"The gods have become like men and have come down to us",
and they called Barnabas - Zeus, and Paul - Hermes. Paul and Barnabas corrected them and preached the gospel.
Paul was stoned, dragged out of the city, thinking he was dead.
When the disciples came to him he rose up and he and Barnabas left for Derbe.
"made many disciples"
one of them was (Gaius) who later accompanied Paul on his journey through Greece
(Acts 20:4). Only recently has it been identified with certainty, and we have little information about the site.
The city was founded by Attalus II (159–138 BCE), the king of Pergamum, and was used by him as a Mediterranean port for his landlocked city.
The road from Pergamum to Attalia ran through Laodicea.Attalia served as the capital of the Pamphylia, one of the few plains located along the southern Mediterranean coastline of Turkey.
arriving in the autumn of 49 BCE, where they reported to the church all that had happened, especially the opening of the
"door of faith to the Gentiles."