Understanding the Scriptures
|Separate (v. 2)||Set apart for a mission|
|Subtilty (v. 10)||Lying, deceit|
|Corruption (vv. 35–37)||Decay of the body|
|Justified (v. 39)||Forgiven, declared not guilty|
|Proselytes (v. 43)||Converts|
|Expelled (v. 50)||Forced to leave|
|Made their minds evil affected (v. 2)||Turned their minds against|
|Jupiter … Mercurius (v. 12)||Two false gods of Roman mythology|
|Scarce restrained (v. 18)||Barely stopped or held back|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Acts 13–14.
Paul’s Mission Begins
Read Acts 13:1–5 and answer the following questions:
How was Paul (Saul) called on a mission?
Who was called to serve with Paul?
How does the fifth article of faith apply to that situation?
Teaching in the Synagogue
Paul used the same approach to teach the gospel in Antioch that he used in most of the places on his first mission. As you read Acts 13:14–52, answer the following questions in your notebook:
Where did Paul go first when he wanted to teach the gospel in Antioch?
Why did Paul remind the people about Israelite history? (see Acts 13:16–22).
How does the reaction of the people in Antioch compare with the way people respond to the missionaries today?
Tribulation and the Kingdom of God
Paul said that we enter the kingdom of God only through much tribulation (see Acts 14:22). Compare what happened to Paul in Acts 14:6–18 to what happened in verses 19–21. How was each experience an example of what Paul said in verse 22?