Paul's First Missionary Journey
Iconium to Syrian Antioch
Read Acts 14 and trace the path of Paul and Barnabas’ travels on your map.
What was the unexpected result of Paul’s miracle in Lystra?
The Greeks did not believe that the gods created the universe. It was the other way around—the universe created the gods. Before there were gods, the heavens and earth simply formed. They were the first parents. The Titans were their children, and the Greek gods were their grandchildren. The Titans, often called the "elder gods," were supreme in the universe for untold ages, according to Greek mythology. The most important Titan was Cronus. He ruled over the other Titans until his son, Zeus dethroned him and seized power. Zeus was one of the twelve Olympian gods and considered to be the supreme god. Hermes was his son. The Olympian gods were not omnipotent or omniscient and were plagued by human foibles. Zeus, who ruled the sky, is often portrayed in mythology as being deceived by others as well as being unfaithful and deceptive himself. Hermes was Zeus’ messenger and is often depicted as having wings on his feet. We are most familiar with him because he is the symbol for FTD florists.
What two-fold purpose did Paul’s return trip serve?
Read Matthew 10:16-26. How did these words of Jesus come true during Paul’s First Missionary Journey? How did Paul deal personally with such persecution? How did he help other believers deal with persecution? What types of persecution must believers endure today? What can we learn from Paul to help us deal with persecution?