Acts 13;  Part 1 Paul VS a Harry Potter.  Paul Wins

Acts 13; Part 1 Paul VS a Harry Potter. Paul Wins

June 20, 2015

Paul and Barnabas 1st Missionary Journey


Paul has three missionary Journeys

1st Missionary Journey (Acts 13-14):

2nd Missionary Journey (Acts 15:36-18:22):

3rd Missionary Journey (Acts 18:23-20:38):


Ordination & Sending of Paul and Barnabas

[Act 13:1 ESV] Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

[Act 13:2 ESV] While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

[Act 13:3 ESV] Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.



[Act 13:4 ESV] So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

First they go to the Synagogues. 

[Act 13:5 ESV] When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.


Who is bar-jesus? Creepy wizard who did not like the Gospel

Bar-jesus;  means son of Jesus,  Not Jesus Christ but

I.                    Elymas = "a wise man"

A.             the Arabic name of the Jewish magnus or sorcerer Barjesus, Act 13:6


[Act 13:6 ESV] When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus.


Proconsul is a  A Roman Deputy 

[Act 13:7 ESV] He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.

[Act 13:8 ESV] But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.

[Act 13:9 ESV] But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him

[Act 13:10 ESV] and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?

[Act 13:11 ESV] And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.


Whoa, this dude has super powers!

[Act 13:12 ESV] Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

We will see what teaching astonished the proconsul!


Note:  John left them.  “this is too much for me”.

[Act 13:13 ESV] Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem,

[Act 13:14 ESV] but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.


Here is the teaching that astonished the Procunsul.

[Act 13:15 ESV] After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it."

[Act 13:16 ESV] So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: "Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. (Jews and non-jews)

[Act 13:17 ESV] The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.

[Act 13:18 ESV] And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness.

[Act 13:19 ESV] And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance.

[Act 13:20 ESV] All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.

[Act 13:21 ESV] Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

[Act 13:22 ESV] And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 'I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.'

[Act 13:23 ESV] Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.


He went from David directly to the Final King;  Jesus!


The herald of the King   John the Baptist

[Act 13:24 ESV] Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

[Act 13:25 ESV] And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.'

[Act 13:26 ESV] "Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.

[Act 13:27 ESV] For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.

[Act 13:28 ESV] And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed.

[Act 13:29 ESV] And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.


[Act 13:30 ESV] But God raised him from the dead,


[Act 13:31 ESV] and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.

[Act 13:32 ESV] And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,



[Act 13:33 ESV] this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, "'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'

[Act 13:34 ESV] And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, "'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.'

[Act 13:35 ESV] Therefore he says also in another psalm, "'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.'


David died so this prophecy was not about David but someone else.


[Act 13:36 ESV] For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,

[Act 13:37 ESV] but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.

[Act 13:38 ESV] Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,

You can’t just “do your best” you need to have your evil forgiven and forgotten.


[Act 13:39 ESV] and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.


Don’t reject this message

[Act 13:40 ESV] Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:

[Act 13:41 ESV] "'Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.'"


Atheists reject all “evidence”

Matt Slick vs. Matt Dillahunty

There is no evidence you present an atheist that they will accept.

The Design/ Designer model is Universally self-evident.

Bill Nye again uses dog speciation to argue evolution.


The Big Picture.  

Step back a get a better view of History

Now here is the real pattern for those who don’t believe in Jesus.

1.      America is blip on the radar in world history.  Look beyond your lifetime.


[2Th 2:1 ESV] Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, (concerned they missed the return of Christ)

[2Th 2:2 ESV] not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

[2Th 2:3 ESV] Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

[2Th 2:4 ESV] who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

[2Th 2:5 ESV] Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?


God is retraining the revealing of the Lawless One.   * This is plan waiting to be revealed.

[2Th 2:6 ESV] And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

[2Th 2:7 ESV] For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

[2Th 2:8 ESV] And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

[2Th 2:9 ESV] The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

[2Th 2:10 ESV] and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.


[2Th 2:11 ESV] Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

[2Th 2:12 ESV] in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Romans 1.  3x God gave them over. . .


[2Th 2:13 ESV] But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

[2Th 2:14 ESV] To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[2Th 2:15 ESV] So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

[2Th 2:16 ESV] Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

[2Th 2:17 ESV] comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.







Back to Acts!

[Act 13:42 ESV] As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath.

[Act 13:43 ESV] And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

[Act 13:44 ESV] The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.


Now the whole city wants to here and have come out to the Jewish center.


Resistance?   Why?

[Act 13:45 ESV] But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.


[Act 13:46 ESV] And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

[Act 13:47 ESV] For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, "'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'"


Paul quotes Isaiah.

The high calling of the Jewish nation is to proclaim their King to the world.

[Isa 49:6 ESV] he says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."



[Act 13:48 ESV] And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.


This is how it works.   You share the Gospel.   God Saves.


[Act 13:49 ESV] And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.


The unsaved, are not just indifferent tolerant unbelievers but outright violent and opposing enemies.


[Act 13:50 ESV] But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.



[Act 13:51 ESV] But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.

[Act 13:52 ESV] And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.


Acts 14 Polarized Reaction


In Iconium


[Act 14:1 ESV] Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed.

[Act 14:2 ESV] But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.

[Act 14:3 ESV] So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

[Act 14:4 ESV] But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles.

[Act 14:5 ESV] When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them,

[Act 14:6 ESV] they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country,

[Act 14:7 ESV] and there they continued to preach the gospel.

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Acts 12: Political Resistance

Acts 12: Political Resistance

June 6, 2015
Acts 12

Political Resistance 
[Act 12:1 ESV] About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.
[Act 12:2 ESV] He killed James the brother of John with the sword,
[Act 12:3 ESV] and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.

Which Herod is this?
A. Herod Agrippa I was the son of Aristobulus and Berenice, and grandson of Herod the Great. After various changes in fortune, he gained the favour of Caligula and Claudius to such a degree that he gradually obtained the government of all of Palestine, with the title of king. He died at Caesarea, A.D. 44, at the age of 54, in the seventh [or the 4th, reckoning from the extension of his dominions by Claudius] year of his reign, just after having ordered James the apostle, son of Zebedee, to be slain, and Peter to be cast into prison: Acts 12:21

Herod = "heroic"
The first Herod was the political leader when Jesus was born. 
The 2nd Herod was Herod “Antipas”
This Herod was Agrippa
His son was Herod Agrippa the II

[Act 12:4 ESV] And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

The Angelic Rescue
[Act 12:5 ESV] So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
[Act 12:6 ESV] Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.
[Act 12:7 ESV] And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his hands.
[Act 12:8 ESV] And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."
[Act 12:9 ESV] And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
[Act 12:10 ESV] When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him.
[Act 12:11 ESV] When Peter came to himself, he said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."

Go to His Local Church
[Act 12:12 ESV] When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
[Act 12:13 ESV] And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer.
[Act 12:14 ESV] Recognizing Peter's voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate.
[Act 12:15 ESV] They said to her, "You are out of your mind." But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, "It is his angel!"
[Act 12:16 ESV] But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.
[Act 12:17 ESV] But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Tell these things to James and to the brothers." Then he departed and went to another place.

Meanwhile back at the local Government 
[Act 12:18 ESV] Now when day came, there was no little disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter.

Herod’s Motive is not Justice. 
[Act 12:19 ESV] And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there.

Government Intrigue; Herod offers peace, gives a speech and God strikes him dead. 
[Act 12:20 ESV] Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, and they came to him with one accord, and having persuaded Blastus, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food.
[Act 12:21 ESV] On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them.
[Act 12:22 ESV] And the people were shouting, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!"
[Act 12:23 ESV] Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.

If humanity in general is at war with God, 
of course the Governments of the world are also at war with God. 
[Psa 2:1 ESV] Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
[Psa 2:2 ESV] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
[Psa 2:3 ESV] "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us."
[Psa 2:4 ESV] He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
[Psa 2:5 ESV] Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
[Psa 2:6 ESV] "As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill."
[Psa 2:7 ESV] I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
[Psa 2:8 ESV] Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
[Psa 2:9 ESV] You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
[Psa 2:10 ESV] Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
[Psa 2:11 ESV] Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
[Psa 2:12 ESV] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

For Christians in America at the moment:  Political Incorrect,  
The New Tolerance; which means the only thing that is bad is saying that bad is bad.  
In which case everyone is allowed to say it’s bad. 
Biblical mortality is socially unacceptable. 

Government supported and promoted Child sacrifice

According to the statistics in the report, the 327,653 abortions comprised 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, which also include prenatal care and adoption referrals.

During the fiscal year 2013-14, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funds; or about $1.4 million per day. Taxpayer funding accounts for 41 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue.
Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit, currently holds more than $1.4 billion in net assets.
37 babies an hour are sacrificed to demons and the president rejoices. 

Flashback to Acts 4, when Peter and John are arrested for healing and proclaiming Jesus. 
[Act 4:19 ESV] But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,
[Act 4:20 ESV] for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard."
[Act 4:21 ESV] And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.
[Act 4:22 ESV] For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
[Act 4:23 ESV] When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

The Church prayed from Psalms 2
[Act 4:24 ESV] And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
[Act 4:25 ESV] who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, "'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?
[Act 4:26 ESV] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'--
[Act 4:27 ESV] for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
[Act 4:28 ESV] to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Look at their prayer request
[Act 4:29 ESV] And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,
[Act 4:30 ESV] while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
[Act 4:31 ESV] And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

The Real Word of God increases. After Herod’s death.
[Act 12:24 ESV] But the word of God increased and multiplied.
[Act 12:25 ESV] And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Share the Gospel
[2Ti 4:1 ESV] I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
[2Ti 4:2 ESV] preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
[2Ti 4:3 ESV] For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
[2Ti 4:4 ESV] and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Celebrate Communion
[1Co 11:23 ESV] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,

[1Co 11:24 ESV] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

[1Co 11:25 ESV] In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

[1Co 11:26 ESV] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
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