Acts Chapter Thirteen (NIV)
Acts Chapter Thirteen (NASB)
Verses 1-3: Paul and Barnabas sent on their first missionary journey.
Verses 4-12: Paul and Barnabas on the island of Cyprus.
Verses 13-43: Paul and Barnabas at Pisidian Antioch.
Verses 44-52: Paul turns to the Gentiles.
II. KEY PASSAGES
(A) Acts 13:9-10--"But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, 'You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?'" If a Christian were to utter these words today, he would immediately hear, "And you call yourself a Christian!" Biblically, people who attempt to keep others from hearing the Gospel receive the strongest rebuke.
(B) Acts 13:13--"Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem." Luke doesn't tell us why John (Mark) returned to Jerusalem. However, it's clear that Paul didn't want to take Mark on a future missionary journey because of this event (Acts 15:36-40). Mark would later regain Paul's trust (see Colossians 4:10).
(C) Acts 13:26-41--Like Peter, Paul consistently emphasizes Jesus' death (vv. 28-29), resurrection (vv. 30-31), and deity (v. 33), as well as Old Testament prophecies about Jesus (vv. 33-35).