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July 6, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 13 (ESV)

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.....Continue Reading

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  1. 38Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

    “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
    that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'”
    48And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49❤️

  2. 46And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the GentileS.

  3. What an exciting era introduced here in this chapter. Paul an Barnabas sent off from Antioch to start their missionary journey. Did you catch there was a believer/leader there that was raised with Herod? Interesting…. It is nice that this call came straight from God. One of the ways God can make HIs way clear to us. And the boldness, authority and power of God follows them in their ministry. Wouldn’t it be nice to pronounce blindness on those who disagree with you? This power operated more in this time because it was God’s way to demonstrate these are the guys to listen to. And with the truth spoken and the power expressed the proconsul believes.

    Don’t miss this little statement that John left them to return to Jerusalem. This is the move that becomes a bone of contention between Paul and Barnabas for their second missionary journey.. Paul gives the Jews a history lesson and because of the power of the word the whole city comes out. Nice that God’s desire to save the Gentiles is shown here (and the gentiles respond in kind), but this jealousy that the Jews had in response to God fearing gentiles leaving the synagogues and following Paul will haunt Paul for the rest of his church planting gospel, preaching mission.

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