Acts 13:1 says there were “certain prophets and teachers” in the church at Antioch. The synergy of the prophetic and solid teaching with the prayer produced a powerful apostolic team. Paul and Barnabas brought the kingdom into every city they went to. Both Jews and Gentiles (non Jews) believed but their ministry had the most success with the Gentiles. In one city “almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God” (Acts 13:44), but the Jews being filled with envy began to contradict and oppose them. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke to the Jews, "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 Gentiles” (Acts 13:46). It appeared that they could be beat or killed in most cities they went to, but this caused them to trust in God all the more.
Acts 13:9 says “Saul” was also called “Paul;” this wasn’t a name change. “Saul” was his given Jewish name and “Paul” was his Roman name since he was a Roman citizen.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan