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Attalia of Asia

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Brief Overview of Paul's Visit to Attalia and His Return Home From His First Missionary Journey

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# 8 Rather than taking the most direct route to Antioch of Syria, Paul and Barnabas retraced their steps through Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, , "strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith." They were also appointing elders in every church (Acts 14:21-23).

They also returned to Perga and preached the gospel there before proceeding to coastal Attalia, which lay southwest of Perga and was an important harbor and commercial center in Paul's day. From there, Paul and Barnabas sailed for Antioch of Syria, arriving in the autumn of 49 AD., where they reported to the church all that had happened, especially the opening of the "door of faith to the Gentiles." (14:21-27).

They had been gone for nearly two years and had traveled approximately 1,250 miles.

Paul's First Missionary Journey with Map

Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey

Follow the BibleGal 4:4 "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law"

There is no doubt in what the Word of the Lord says, that Jesus came, "in the fullness of time." Politically, intellectually, morally, and everything else in the Graeco-Roman world was ready for the message of the gospel. One note worth mentioning is that in the gentile world, it is told, there was an expectation of a great One who about this time would come from Judaea (Tacitus, History v. 13; Suetonius, Vespas. 4).

When Jesus died on a Roman cross it was not the end but the beginning. His followers would spread a message called the "gospel" meaning good news starting in Jerusalem and spreading to the farthest parts of the known world. Their message was:

Jesus, a lowly Jewish carpenter from the despised city of Nazareth, was rejected by His own Jewish nation and crucified by the Roman governor was indeed the Messiah and the Savior of mankind, who rose from the dead and anyone who would accept Him would be forgiven of all sins and would rise with Him in glory.

Those who spread the message were mostly Jews and were commanded by the Lord to go to the Jewish brethren first and then to the gentiles. When they entered Jewish synagogues they were scorned and persecuted by most of the Jews, and even the Greco-Roman cultures referred to their message as "superstitious rabble." Yet the Book of Acts reveals that the message about Jesus Christ spread to all who of those who had open hearts throughout the whole Mediterranean world and, as Jesus had promised, the Holy Spirit entered hearts and lives.

Around 48 AD, in the springtime, Paul and his companions Barnabas and Mark were called on a mission by the Holy Spirit and sent out by the church in Antioch. This would be the first of Paul's Missionary Journey's. In his missions he preaches the Word, performs many miracles, makes many disciples and raises up elders for the new Churches. He is also heavily persecuted, yet his life and ministry is one that has set an awesome example of dedication and courage for all to remember. You can look at the Map to trace the route of their first church-planting campaign.

Introduction

About the Map

Overview

Acts 13

Acts 14

Acts 15

1 Antioch Syria

2 Salamis Cyprus

3 Paphos Cyprus

4 Antioch Asia

5 Iconium Asia

6 Lystra Asia

7 Derbe Asia

8 Attalia Asia

Scriptures

Conclusion 

 

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