01/22/12 Acts 13:1-5
Leader: Pastor Biebert
Meeting Time: 8:00 AM & 10:15 AM
VARIETY OF PERSONALITIES; VARIETY OF POSITIONS
Normally we think of Jesus working in quiet villages in the Holy Land. Within a decade of His return to heaven, the book of Acts shows Christian work mainly in Greek-styled population centers of the Roman Empire. Christianity’s headquarters had moved from Jerusalem with its Jews to Antioch and non-Jews (11:19–30). Don’t confuse Antioch in Syria, Paul’s “home church,” with Antioch in Pisidia (13:14–52).
Which members of the training team for the Antioch Christian group went by nicknames (13:1,9; 4:36)? What does that tell you?
Simeon could be Simon of Cyrene, who carried the crosspiece for Jesus on the way to Golgotha. His sons later became famous Christians in Rome (Mark 15:21; Romans 16:13). Apparently Manaen (13:1) was the foster-brother of “King Herod Antipas,” ruler of Galilee and Perea (4 b.c.–a.d. 39), the one who ordered John the Baptizer’s execution.
Where did each member of the team originate? What brought each to Antioch?
Why did the Antioch group need such a large staff (11:19-25)?
The Antioch group would be the sponsoring organization for each of the missionaries’ foreign excursions. Each time they returned they would report back (14:26; 18:22).
How may the Holy Spirit have made His wishes known (13:2; 11:27-28; 1 Corinthians 14:29-31)?
Verses 1–3 describe God’s strategy for sending out missionaries: (1) He notifies the ones He’s selected; (2) the local group publicizes this notification; (3) the local group and the Spirit send the missionaries out, backing them with prayer and support.
5. What work did the Holy Spirit specify for Barnabas and Saul (13:2-3)?
6. Why go without food and touch (6:6; 8:17; 2 Tim. 1:6) the new missionaries (13:3)?
Cyprus is a Mediterranean island about 130 miles west of Antioch’s port city (Seleucia). It would take about 24 hours to get there by boat. Salamis (13:5) was a major port and commercial center on eastern Cyprus. It boasted the largest marketplace in the Roman Empire. Barnabas was from Cyprus (4:36).
7. Why select Cyprus as the first organized mission field (13:4; 4:36)?
We hear more about this assistant John in 12:25. He was Barnabas’ cousin (Colossians 4:10). Mark’s mother’s Jerusalem home was a gathering place for believers (12:12).
8. Why start with outreach to religious people at Jewish community centers (13:5)?
God doesn’t directly notify us about specific people He wants for specific work for Him the way He did with the apostles and prophets. He helps us do whichever duty He has selected for us, even when it means working with people very different from us.
1. How does the Holy Spirit put the people He wants today in the places He wants (Acts 20:28; 14:23; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 13:8)?
Who is more critical, the missionaries we send, or the people who support their work?
How does this section connect to Mark 1:14-20? What’s the connection to 1 Kings 19:19-21?