Alex Kremer 05-15-2022; Acts 13:1-15 - The Gospel Reaches the Continental Divde
The book of Acts follows God's set plan for His church. As the Lord commissioned the Apostles, they were to take the Gospel from Jerusalem into Judea, Samaria, and finally to the remotest parts of the earth. In other word's, God's plan was that the church would be a global religion; not just the religion of Israel.
Acts records how, at the Holy Spirit's leading, the church expanded from Jerusalem into the countryside of Judea, eventually reaching into Samaria. And now the focus of Acts changes from Jerusalem as the center of the the church to Antioch as the base camp for the expansion of the Gospel into Asia Minor. The Gospel had reached the continental divide as it prepares to leave the region of Palestine and reach into the remotest parts of the earth.
In today's lesson, we see how the Holy Spirit set aside Saul, now referred to as Paul, along with Barnabas for the work of bringing the Gospel to the gentiles. We learn principles associated with God calling workers for ministry. We see how the enemy seeks to resist the work of the Gospel. But we also see how God works in wonderful ways, greater than we can imagine, to bring people to salvation.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.