by Daniel Rodgers

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Paul's Overview of Jewish History (3 of 26)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles
Volume II
Dan Rodgers

TEXT: Acts 13:14-52

INTRODUCTION: As we move into our lesson for this evening, we find Paul and Barnabas at Antioch. The city of Antioch mentioned here is not the one we have been reading about in our earlier studies. The Antioch where the disciples were "first called Christians," was in located in Syria, north of Tyre, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Antioch mentioned in (vs. 14) is in Pisidia, in the area of Phrygia. It was located some 900 miles northwest of Antioch, in Syria.

Our outline this evening is in three parts:

I. Paul's Visit to the Synagogue
II. Paul's History Lesson to the Jews
III. Paul's Message to the Gentiles

(VV. 14-16)

A. He Came to the "Jew First" (vs. 14)

1. Jesus said to His disciples, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8). In Romans 1:16, Paul wrote, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

ILLUS: Romans 1:16 was the life verse of Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus, founder of the International Board of Jewish Missions. When Dr. Gartenhaus received Christ, he immediately sensed a burden for his own people and began to witness to them. Eventually, his burden turned into a world-wide ministry, the International Board of Jewish Missions. Before he died, both he and his wife, Lillian, were able to realize some of the fruit of their labor, witnessing the conversion of thousands, many of whom were Jews. He made certain that the gospel was taken to the "lost house of Israel." Missionaries were sent around the world, taking the good news "to the Jew first," and als ...

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