- Acts 1:8
- Acts 2-7 – Jerusalem
- Acts 8-13 – Judea and Samaria
- Acts 14-28 – Remotest parts of the earth
First preaching journey (Acts 13-14)
Begin: Antioch of Syria (Acts 13:1-3)
- Acts 13:1 – Manaen grew up with Herod Antipas!
Cyprus (Acts 13:4-12)
- Acts 13:11 – Saul had the power to strike people blind!
- Acts 13:9 – We are not told why Saul’s name changed to Paul. Saul was a Hebrew name and Paul is a Greek name, so it’ possible he used this name when preaching to Gentiles.
Paul’s sermon in Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:13-43)
- As was common, Paul started with a history lesson and cites Israelite history.
- Acts 13:22 – This could be a subtle reminder that God can “remove” us for disobedience.
- Acts 13:37-39 – How to convince Jews? Remind them of the prophecies and show how Jesus fulfilled them.
Jews and Gentiles (Acts 13:44-52)
- Acts 13:44 – In the second week, nearly the entire city came to hear Paul. The audience was probably a Gentile majority at this point.
- Acts 13:45 – The Jews were jealous of the large crowds and began actively working against God!
- Acts 13:48 – “as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.”
- This is a bit of a grammatical inversion. We never see a case of God directly changing someone’s heart. Compare Hebrews 9:27.
Division in Jerusalem (Acts 14:1-7)
Treated like Gods in Lystra (Acts 14:8-20)
- Acts 14:9 – This does not mean that the man’s faith was required for the miracle.