Scripture to Memorize: Acts 13:48
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
Day 1 Read: Acts 13:1-3
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 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.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Reflect: What was the scene when the Holy Spirit spoke to the leaders at Antioch? How do you think He may have spoken? How does He speak today?
Consider: The Antioch church was the first Christian congregation to witness to the Gentiles in its own city (11:19f.). It then became the first to send missionaries forth into the larger world. Judging from Acts, Antioch was the first church to catch the vision of “foreign missions.”1
Respond: What role does the Holy Spirit play in our fulfillment of God’s vision for the gospel? What evidence of the Antioch church’s spiritual and ministerial growth do you see in this passage?
1 John B. Polhill, Acts, vol. 26, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 288–289.