What stood out to you from Sunday’s message?
Read Acts 13:13-52
Arriving in Pisidian Antioch, Paul and Barnabas are invited to preach in the local synagogue. Paul uses this opportunity to proclaim how Jesus is the Saviour and King that the Hebrew Scripture had been anticipating and that all who believe will be forgiven of their sins. The initial reaction is overwhelmingly positive, but when thousands of gentiles also come, the synagogue leaders reject the gospel and drive Paul and Barnabas out of town.
- How did Paul adapt his method of gospel proclamation to his audience? What is flexible and what must remain consistent?
- Are you able to communicate the gospel to an unchurched friend in a way they would understand? What elements must be included when communicating the gospel?
- What two authorities does Paul appeal to in order to prove the truthfulness of Christianity? (one is in vv.16-25 and the other is in v.31). What authorities do people listen to today?
- According to the text why did those who rejected the gospel do so? And why did those who believed the gospel do so? What are the implications for this for our own evangelism and worship?
- What can we learn from how Paul and Barnabas dealt with opposition in vv.50-52?