by Jerry Vines

Act 13:4-52
Dr. Vines 10/19/86
We are going to see how Paul begins his first missionary journey. The 13th
chapter really gives you the first lap of Paul's first missionary journey and
he gives you the series of places where Paul went. You can take a map at the
end of your Bible and probably most of your Bibles will have a map of the
missionary journeys of Paul. You can follow them in your map. I'm not going to
just dwell on the details of that journey. I'm not so much interested in
giving you a geography lesson as I am getting the spiritual truths from these
verses and what God has to say to us in a personal way and the applications
God has made for us.
As the journey was begun the first place they went according to vs. 4
and 5 and following were the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea. We
know that the island of Cyprus is where Barnabas came from. I have a feeling
that maybe Barnabas recalled the words of Jesus when Jesus spoke to the man
who had been saved and had had the demons cast out of him. This man wanted to
be with Jesus and go with Jesus. Jesus said to him go home and tell thy
friends how great things the Lord has done for thee. It may well be that
Barnabas remember this. I do know that it's true that when a person comes to
know the Lord his heart immediately turns towards the members of his family.
It's just a natural desire for those who have been saved for those in their
family to be saved too. Probably some of you have family members who do not
know the Lord. Maybe you just recently come to know Christ yourself. And you
have a desire that they be saved. I think we can claim our families for Jesus.
The Bible says believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and
thou house. I think we have a perfect right to claim our family members for
Jesus and to pray to the end that they will come to know the Lord as their
Savior. So, Paul and Barnabas, these first missionaries began t ...

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