Gentiles Receive The Word!

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Acts 13:44-52

Paul Turns to the Gentiles

44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of [a]the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were [b]blaspheming. 46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us,

‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles,
That You may [c]bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of [d]the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the [e]devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their [f]district. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Discussion Questions

June 9th, 2019

1.) This passage records how Paul and Barnabas handled the reception of and rejection to their preaching the Gospel to people in Pisidian Antioch. Note that they delivered the Gospel to the Jews first (see Romans 1:16-17) and eventually were met with opposition. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THOSE WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE TODAY? WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM PAUL & BARNABAS' RESPONSE TO THEM? HOW IS OUR WORK SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT FROM PAUL & BARNABAS' MISSION?

2.) Note the words "as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed" in verse 48. Based on this Scriptural teaching, along with John 6:44 and 65, and Ephesian 2:8-9, WHAT HAS TO BE HAPPENING IN A PERSON'S LIFE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BELIEVE THE GOSPEL? HOW DOES THIS TRUTH BENEFIT US WHO SHARE THE GOSPEL?

3.) In spite of the city officials throwing out Paul & Barnabas, verse 52 says, "And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit." HOW DO WE MAINTAIN A JOYFUL CHRISTIAN LIFE IN SPITE OF OPPOSITION AND THE SAD REALITY OF SOME REJECTING THE GOOD NEWS? See Galatians 5:16-26.