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Essay on Pauls first missionary journey

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June 2006 Aoife Quinn PART A Outline your knowledge and understanding of Paul's successes and struggles during his first missionary journey. Paul, during his first missionary journey had a lot of successes and struggles when trying to preach about God to both the Jews and the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas started their missionary journey from Syrian Antioch were the Holy Spirit called to them saying "I want Barnabas and Saul (Paul) set apart for the work which I have called them for." They soon set off toward Salamis in Cyprus were they were successful as people listened as they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogue with John acting as their assistant. From Salamis they travelled the length of the island until they reached Paphos were Paul and Barnabas were also successful as the Pro-counsel Sergius Paulus became a believer. Howard Marshall says that "a pattern of establishing contact with the synagogues but the main interest of the story in centred on Paul's audience with the Roman governor and his configuration with a magician who opposed the preaching of the Gospel." From Paphos they travelled to Perga in Pamphylia were at this stage all we are told by Luke is that John left Paul and Barnabas to go back to Jerusalem. ...read more.

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What was proposed in Iconium was nothing other then a lynching" When Paul and Barnabas moved onto a small town called Lystra in Lycaonia they preached the good news and also Paul healed a cripple, which is the only miracle during the missionary journey, by saying "Get to your feet and stand up." After this event the crowd who had witnessed the healing began to call Paul and Barnabas after the Greek gods Hermes and Zeus, this caused them to tear their clothes in disgust as they said "We are only human beings like you." After this Jews arrived from Pisidian Antioch and Iconium and turned the people against Paul, they stoned him and dragged him outside of the town thinking he was dead. This is another struggle for Paul as yet again he was unable to consolidate his work in his infant churches and he had also put his life at risk for what he believed is in. Barclay explains that "Lystra was a Roman Colony, but it was an outpost. Never the less when the people say what they had done they were afraid. This is why they dragged what they thought was Paul's dead body out of the town. They were afraid of the strong hand of Roman justice and they were trying to get rid of Paul's body in order to escape the consequences of their riot." ...read more.

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However on the other hand others choose to agree with William Barclay when the said "The Christian church was now poised to take the greatest of all steps. They had decided, quite deliberately, to take the gospel out to all the world." This allows people to believe that they too can join into Christianity as long as they repent, believe and be baptised in the two stage incitation with water and the Holy Spirit. Another important part in the missionary journeys that clarifies that Paul's conversions were for anyone is in the second missionary journey when Paul converted 3 different people - Lydia, the Gaoler and the Soothsayer, who were all completely different but treated exactly the same. This allows equal opportunities for those who believe that conversion was equal. An additional key point in the clarification that Paul's journeys and conversions were for all was that in each place that Paul visited, Luke is able to tell us that Jews, Greeks and Pagans all became believers. In my own opinion I believe that equality is shown as an important feature during acts, also it can be seen as a turning point in peoples life's as they are able to join as one in one church sharing the same interest which is God. ...read more.

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