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The Call

      Acts 13:1-3   Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and
      teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and
      Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
      2.  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me
      Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
      3.  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent
      them away.

 Events of

      1.  Sail to Cyprus - Preach the Gospel

        Acts 13:4-5   So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia;
        and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
        5.  And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the
        synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

        * Paulís companions ( above scriptures) Barnabus and John

      2.  An Encounter With a False Prophet

        Acts 6-12   And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a
        certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
        7.  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who
        called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
        8.  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them,  
        seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
        9.  Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on
        10.  And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou
        enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the
        11.  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind,
        not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a
        darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
        12.  Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the         doctrine of the Lord.      

      3.  John quits and returns home

        Acts 13:13   Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to
        Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.

      4.  Paul preaches at Antioch in Pisidia

        Acts 13:14   But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia,
        and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
        Vs.16   Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye
        that fear God, give audience.    (see verses 17-52 )

          a. Gentiles believe and are glad           
          b. The Jews bring about persecution against Paul and Barnabus and have them
               expelled. They shake off the dust of their feet as a testimony against them.

      5.  Events at Iconium

        Acts 14:1-5   And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the
        synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and
        also of the Greeks believed.
        2.  But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil
        affected against the brethren.
        3.  Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave
        testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by
        their hands.
        4.  But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part
        with the apostles.
        5.  And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews   
        with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,
      6.  On to Lystra

         Acts 14:6-7   They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of
         Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
         7.  And there they preached the gospel.

           Highlights of  Vs. 8-19   (at Lystra)

          a.  Crippled man is healed
          b. Paul has to convince the people that he and Barnabas were not gods
          c.  Paul is stoned

      7.  On to Derbe

        Acts 14:20   Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came
        into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

      8.  Returning home

        Acts 14:21-28    And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught
        many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
        22.  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the
        faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
        23.  And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with
        fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
        24.  And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.
        25.  And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:
        26.  And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the
        grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
        27.  And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they
        rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith  
        unto the Gentiles.
        28.  And there they abode long time with the disciples.

        a.  Confirmed the disciples, that they had led to the Lord

        b. Exhorted them

        c. Ordained Elders in the churches that had been established

        d.  Preached at Perga

        e.  Sailed back to Antioch, from where their journey began

        f. Assembled with the church there and gave testimony concerning all that God had
            done on this first missionary journey.