Begin by reading the account of Paul’s journey and the Jerusalem Council meeting in Acts 13:1-15:35. It is always a good thing to read God’s Word for yourself. Use the biblical account and maps in your Bible or a Bible Atlas to plot Paul and his companions’ travels on the attached map. Include biblical references for each site and add some notes about the activity at each location.
- All the missionary journeys of Paul began in Antioch, not Jerusalem. What might have been some reasons for this?
- After visiting all of the sites, preaching the gospel, and winning converts, what did Paul and Barnabas then do (see Acts 14:21-28). What is important about these activities?
- In the sermon it was suggested that mission is God’s initiative and requires God’s enabling? What basis can you see in Acts 13:1-14:28 to support this? What part is played by humans in the activity of mission?
- What place do miracles and opposition play in communicating the gospel message? Do these both still happen today?
- What was the problem being addressed by the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 and how was it addressed?
- If those spreading the gospel were not to make it difficult for Gentiles to turn to God (15:19) and Gentiles were saved on the basis of God’s grace (15:11), why are any conditions (15:20, 29) imposed on them?
- What significance did the Jerusalem Council have for the spreading of the gospel witness?
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