Paul the Preacher

John Koedyker

Read: Acts 13:13-41 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.” (v. 16) In Romans 1:16, Paul said: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Today’s reading shows us that this was Paul’s mission strategy from the beginning. After arriving in Pisidian Antioch, Paul and his companions …

The Mission to Cyprus

John Koedyker

Read: Acts 13:4-12 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. (v. 4) In Mark 5, Jesus healed a man with an unclean spirit. As Jesus was getting into a boat, the man started begging to go along. He was so captivated by Jesus that he wanted to join him as he journeyed about the land. Instead, Jesus said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell …

Going Global

John Koedyker

Read: Acts 13:1-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v. 2) When Jesus ascended into heaven, he spoke these parting words: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). Obviously, the church in Antioch had not forgotten this statement …

Barnabas to the Rescue

John Koedyker

Read: Acts 9:26-31 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. (v. 27) I once knew someone whose earlier days were full of embarrassing drunken displays and obscenities. Then one day I heard that this man had become a pastor. My response was disbelief. Yet, according to reliable reports, he is now serving the Lord and winning people for Christ. The apostles in Jerusalem faced a similar reaction to Saul. After being in Damascus for a time, this …

Not an Easy Road

John Koedyker

Read: Acts 9:23-25 But his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. (v. 25) Saul learned very quickly that his life and mission as a Christian would not be an easy road. Here he had barely started following Jesus and he narrowly escaped with his life—in a basket over a wall! And this was just the beginning. Saul was embarking on a great adventure, but it would …

What a Change!

John Koedyker

Read: Acts 9:19-22; Galatians 1:15-24 For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed. (vv. 19-21) I remember singing an old gospel hymn in my younger days that goes like this: “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart.” With these words and the words that follow, this song …