So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
Acts 13: 4-5 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 13:4-5 (NLT)-4 So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit. They went down to the seaport of Seleucia and then sailed for the island of Cyprus. 5 There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.
Acts 13:4-5 (NIV)-4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.
Acts 13:4-5 (MSG)-4-5 Sent off on their new assignment by the Holy Spirit, Barnabas and Saul went down to Seleucia and caught a ship for Cyprus. The first thing they did when they put in at Salamis was preach God’s Word in the Jewish meeting places. They had John along to help out as needed.
The Holy Spirit is the main agent in the great task of evangelism. He is the only one who can truly separate men and women to go and take the gospel to such a needy world. We see in Acts 13: 2 how the Holy Spirit shows the leadership of the church at Antioch those who were separated and chosen to fulfill the task of evangelism, “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
On this occasion it was Barnabas and Saul who were separated for the missionary work. The voice of the Holy Spirit was very clear to the leaders of the church as; they were in prayer and fasting. After this the Bible says that they were sent and commissioned not only by the church, but also by the same Holy Spirit! It is with this assurance that Paul and Barnabas went out to preach the gospel. They knew that the Holy Spirit sent them and they had the confidence and support of God to fulfill the task of evangelism.
On this day it is important to be sent out by the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit fill us with his anointing, consecrate us and send us to carry out the mission of evangelizing our world. We must remember that we do not go on our own strength or authority, but in the power and authority of the Holy Spirit! If he sends us, he will do his will in all that we do! This morning is time to announce the good news of the gospel, it is time to see the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in the midst of our community and city.
Acts 13:2 (NKJV)-2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Acts 16:6-7 (NKJV)-6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit[a] did not permit them.
Acts 11:19New King James Version (NKJV)-19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.
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