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Lesson 21. Acts, Chapter 13. Time Frame (Acts 13). 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 21

Lesson 21

Acts, Chapter 13

time frame acts 13
Time Frame (Acts 13)
  • 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).
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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

From this point, Antioch becomes the center from which the gospel spreads. It was situated on some of the main travel tourtes , by land and sea. Large numbers had been converted to Christ through efforts preceding Barnabas, and after he came to Antioch.

CYPRUS

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Saul and Barnabas Sent to Preach (1-3) 1
  • List of Prophets and teachers given (1)
    • Barnabas. Already promiinent in Luke’s history (cf. 4:35-36; 11:22-ff)
    • Simeon, called Niger. Perhaps a black man. Nothing more known.
    • Lucius of Cyrene. Since men from Cyrene were the initial evangelists in Antioch (cf. 11:20, Lucius may have been among them).
    • Manaen. Associated with the household of Herod the tetrarch (Herod Antipas).
    • Saul. The major character of our further studies.
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Saul and Barnabas Sent to Preach (1-3) 2
  • They ministered at Antioch (2)
    • Ministered and fasted.
    • The Holy Spirit directed the church to set a part Barnabas and Saul to a special work.
    • (cf. Acts 9:15-16)
    • Note: This verse does not elevate Barnabas to the position of an Apostle, as some advocate
    • The church fasted, prayed, and laid hands on Barnabas and Saul, and sent them to the work (cf. Addendum)
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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

Seleucia founded in 300 B.C. by Seleucis I Nicator, to provide a seaport for Syrian Antioch. Was located on the Orontes River, where it emptied into the Mediterranean. By land the distance between Antioch and Seleucia was 16 miles.

CYPRUS

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Paul’s First Missionary Journey Begins (4-5) 1
  • They went to Seleucia (3-5)
  • They then set sail to Cyprus
    • Arrived in Salamis
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GALATIA

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

Largest city on the island of Cyprus. Old Greek capital. A few hours of favorable sailing could take one from Selelucia to Salamis

Antioch in Pisidia

Iconium

Lystra

Derbe

Perga

Attalia

Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS

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Paul’s First Missionary Journey Begins (4-5) 1
  • They went to Seleucia (3-5)
  • They then set sail to Cyprus
    • Arrived in Salamis
    • Preached the gospel in the Synagogue at Salamis (5)
    • John Mark assisted them in their preaching (5)
    • Traveled over land to the city of Paphos (6)
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GALATIA

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

Length of Island 150 miles. From Salamis to Paphos, 100 miles. Paphos served as the Roman capital of the Island. Worshiped Aphrodite.

Antioch in Pisidia

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Lystra

Derbe

Perga

Attalia

Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS

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Elymas the Sorcerer (6-12) 1
  • Found a Sorcerer in Paphos
    • Names: Bar-Jesus, tranlated Elymas (6,8)
    • The Sorcerer was a false prophet
  • Elymas was with the Proconsul in Paphos
    • Sergius Paulus (An intelligent man) (7)
    • Note: Proconsul a different office than governor, and for a long while, historians doubted Luke’s account.
    • Until, coins with the phrase “PLaulus the proconsul” were found.
elymas the sorcerer 6 12 2
Elymas the Sorcerer (6-12) 2
  • Apparently, Sergius Paulus was a man interested in finding truth
    • Sent for Saul and Barnabas (7)
  • Elymas resisted the messengers of God (8)
    • Don’t know his tactics
    • But, he tried to influence the proconsul to reject the teaching of Saul (8)
    • (Note: Saul is called Paul beginning at [9])
  • Paul condemned Elymas (10)
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Elymas the Sorcerer (6-12) 3
  • Paul, by God’s authority, struck Elymas blind (11)
    • Indicates the power of God over this sorcerer
    • The Sorcerer was blinded instantly
  • Sergius Paulus believed (12)
    • Notice that his astonishment was not mentioned as being towards the miracle, but rather the teaching of Paul.
paul s address at antioch of pisidia 13 41 1
Paul’s Address at Antioch of Pisidia (13-41) 1
  • Paul and his party left Paphos, and sailed to the mainland, to Perga (13)
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GALATIA

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

Perga was about 100 miles North of Paphos. Capital city of one of the provinces of Asia Minor. Located 7 miles inland on the banks of a river (Cestus). There are extensive Greek and Roman ruins at Perga.

Antioch in Pisidia

Iconium

Lystra

Derbe

Perga

Attalia

Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS

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Paul’s Address at Antioch of Pisidia (13-41) 1
  • Paul and his party left Paphos, and sailed to the mainland, to Perga (13)
    • For the first time, Paul’s name given first, rather than Barnabas
    • Here John Mark returned to Jerusalem. (It is obvious that his reason for leaving was not acceptable to Paul, cf. 15:37-39).
    • Later Paul and Barnabas would cease working together because of their disagreement over John Mark.
paul s address at antioch of pisidia 13 41 2
Paul’s Address at Antioch of Pisidia (13-41) 2
  • Next, Paul and Barnabas traveled to Antioch of Pisidia (14)
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GALATIA

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

Antioch 100 miles north of Perga. One of several towns built to honor Antiochus. Capital of the Roman province of South Galatia. There was a considerable Jewish population there when Paul arrived.

Antioch in Pisidia

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Lystra

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Perga

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Antioch

SYRIA

Seleucia

Paphos

Salamis

CYPRUS

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Paul’s Address at Antioch of Pisidia (13-41) 2
  • Next, Paul and Barnabas traveled to Antioch of Pisidia (14)
    • Paul and Barnabas were invited to speak in the synagogue on the Sabbath after their arrival (15)
  • Paul’s Address (16-41)
    • A concise history of God’s dealings with Israel (16-22)
    • Jesus proclaimed as the promised seed of David (23)
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Paul’s Address at Antioch of Pisidia (13-41) 3
  • Paul’s address, cont. (16-41)
    • John the Baptist affirmed as Jesus’ forerunner (24-25)
    • The gospel preached in concise form (26-39)
    • Paul convicts his listeners (40-41)