Acts 13:44-52

The Jews at Antioch become jealous (verse 45) because Paul’s message of forgiveness through Christ was drawing away the God-fearers, whom they hoped would eventually become fully committed to Judaism.

  1. What was the effect of this jealous opposition on the work of Paul and Barnabas?
    Cf. 18:28. Do you ever allow opposition to silence your testimony or halt your Christian work?
    What may the refusal of some to respond indicate?
  2. Paul and Barnabas now turn to the Gentiles.
    What two reasons are given in verses 46, 47 (see Note 1), and what two results follow in:
    (a) the wider proclamation of the gospel and the ingathering of believers, and
    (b) the experience of the converts?