ACTS 13: 13-52  Paul and Barnabas in Antioch

Pray along with this hymn… O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED

13 Paul and the others left Paphos and sailed to Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and went back to Jerusalem. 14 The rest of them went on from Perga to Antioch in Pisidia. Then on the Sabbath they went to the synagogue and sat down.

15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the leaders sent someone over to tell Paul and Barnabas,

16 Paul got up. He motioned with his hand and said:

People of Israel, and everyone else who worships God, listen! 17  The God of Israel chose our ancestors, and he let our people prosper while they were living in Egypt. Then with his mighty power, he led them out, 18  and for about 40 years he took care of them in the desert. 19  He destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan and gave their land to our people. 20  All this happened in about 450 years.

Then God gave our people judges until the time of the prophet Samuel, 21  but the people demanded a king. So for 40 years, God gave them King Saul, the son of Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. 22  Later, God removed Saul and let David rule in his place. God said about him,

23 God promised that someone from David’s family would come to save the people of Israel, and this one is Jesus. 24  But before Jesus came, John was telling everyone in Israel to turn back to God and be baptized. 25  Then, when John’s work was almost done, he said,

26 Now listen, you descendants of Abraham! Pay attention, all of you Gentiles who are here to worship God! Listen to this message about how to be saved, because it is for everyone. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their leaders didn’t realize who Jesus was. And they didn’t understand the words of the prophets they read each Sabbath. So they condemned Jesus just as the prophets had said.

28-29  They did exactly what the Scriptures said they would. Even though they couldn’t find any reason to put Jesus to death, they still asked Pilate to have him killed.

After Jesus had been put to death, he was taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from death! 31  Then for many days Jesus appeared to his followers who had gone with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. Now they are telling our people about him.

32 God made a promise to our ancestors. And we are here to tell you the good news 33  that he has kept this promise to us. It is just as the second Psalm says about Jesus,

34  God raised Jesus from death and will never let his body decay. It is just as God said,

35  And in another psalm it says,

36 When David was alive, he obeyed God. Then after he died, he was buried in the family grave, and his body decayed. 37 But God raised Jesus from death, and his body did not decay.

38 My friends, the message is that Jesus can forgive your sins! The Law of Moses could not set you free from all your sins. 39 But everyone who has faith in Jesus is set free. 40 Make sure what the prophets have said doesn’t happen to you. They said,

42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people begged them to say more about these same things on the next Sabbath. 43 After the service, many Jews and a lot of Gentiles who worshiped God went with them. Paul and Barnabas begged them all to remain faithful to God, who had treated them with undeserved grace.

44 The next Sabbath almost everyone in town came to hear the message about the Lord. 45 When the Jewish people saw the crowds, they were very jealous. They insulted Paul and spoke against everything he said.

46 But Paul and Barnabas bravely said:

48 This message made the Gentiles glad, and they praised what they had heard about the Lord. Everyone who had been chosen for eternal life then put their faith in the Lord.

49 The message about the Lord spread all over this region. 50 But the Jewish leaders went to some of the important men in the town and to some respected women who were religious. They turned them against Paul and Barnabas and started making trouble for them. They even chased them out of this part of the country.

51  Paul and Barnabas shook the dust from that place off their feet and went on to the city of Iconium.

52 But the Lord’s followers in Antioch were very happy and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

52 But the Lord’s followers in Antioch were very happy and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

  • Today’s memory verse…
  • Today’s Challenge

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)