1. These two chapters of Acts, 13 and 14, describe the first missionary journey. Paul’s group would have traveled approximately 1100 miles over difficult terrain and through hostile regions. What do these two chapters tell us about Paul and his group? What characteristic strikes you as most significant? What does these chapters tell us about the Gospel?
2. Scripture repeatedly makes the point that believers are matured through trials. Read the following texts in support of this thought, and then in your group discuss how this has been applied and realized in your own life. What have you learned through life’s trials? Romans 5:3–4; 8:17–18; 1 Thessalonians 3:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:12; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 4:12–16.
3. In vv. 19-20, Paul (no mention is made of Barnabas) is left for dead after being stoned. What does this event teach us about Paul, God, and people? What do the following texts teach us about Paul and this event? 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 (esp. 25); Galatians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:10-11.
4. Read the following passages where Paul uses the phrase “door of faith”, 1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Corinthians 2:12; Colossians 4:3, and also Revelation 3:8 (not Paul, here but John). Discuss what this phrase means and its significance for the Gospel and for the church. How is Acts 1:8 being fulfilled through this text?
6. We cannot help but observe the courage, faith, endurance, boldness, and tenacity of Paul and Barnabas in these two chapters. How does their example challenge or encourage your own as you consider your service to the Lord? How can it inspire you and teach you of your faith?
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