Paul's First Missionary Journey with Map
Brief Overview of the Events in Acts 13
- Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and
teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen
who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
- As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now
separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
- Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them
- So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and
from there they sailed to Cyprus.
- And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the
synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
- Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a
certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus,
- who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man
called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
- But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them,
seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
- Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked
intently at him
- and said, "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.
- Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in
Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem.
- But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and
went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down.
- And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the
synagogue sent to them, saying, "Men and brethren, if you have any word of
exhortation for the people, say on."
- Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, "Men of Israel,
and you who fear God, listen:
- "The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people
when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm
He brought them out of it.
- "Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the
- "And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He
distributed their land to them by allotment.
- "After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years,
until Samuel the prophet.
- "And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of
Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
- "And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to
whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.'
- "From this man's seed, according to the promise, God raised up for
Israel a Savior-- Jesus--
- "after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of
repentance to all the people of Israel.
- "And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'Who do you think I am?
I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet
I am not worthy to loose.'
- "Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you
who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.
- "For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did
not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every
Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him.
- "And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that
He should be put to death.
- "Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they
took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
- "But God raised Him from the dead.
- "He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to
Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.
- "And we declare to you glad tidings-- that promise which was made to the
- "God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up
Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: 'You are My Son, today I
have begotten You.'
- "And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption,
He has spoken thus: 'I will give you the sure mercies of David.'
- "Therefore He also says in another Psalm: 'You will not allow Your Holy
One to see corruption.'
- "For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God,
fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;
- "but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.
- "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is
preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
- "and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from
which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
- "Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon
- "Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your
days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare
it to you.' "
- So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that
these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.
- Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout
proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them
to continue in the grace of God.
- On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word
- But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and
contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.
- Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the
word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and
judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the
- "For so the Lord has commanded us: 'I have set you as a light to the
Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.' "
- Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word
of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
- And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.
- But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men
of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled
them from their region.
- But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to
- And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Paul's First Missionary
Journey with Map
Gal 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
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