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Paul and Barnabas visit Cyprus

Paul and Barnabas travel to Cyprus.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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Acts11:19-26 After Stephen’s death many Christians were persecuted and fled from Jerusalem. Wherever they went they told other Jews about Jesus. Some who went to Antioch also told people who were not Jews (Gentiles) about Jesus and many believed in Him. – Slide 1
Antioch was north of Jerusalem in Syria. When news of Gentiles becoming Christians reached Jerusalem they sent Barnabas to find out what was going on. – Slide 2
Barnabas was thrilled to meet the new Christians and encouraged them to obey God. He was a man full of the Holy Spirit and faith and many more people became Christians. – Slide 3
These new Christians needed teaching so Barnabas set off to find someone who could join the leaders to help. – Slide 4
He travelled to Tarsus where Saul, called Paul in Greek, was now living. Paul had once persecuted Christians but was now a Christian himself. – Slide 5
Barnabas encouraged Paul to come to Antioch to help the new converts. – Slide 6
Paul accepted the invitation, joining Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius and Manaen teaching the new Christians how to live for God. This team of five prophets and teachers led the church in Antioch. Paul was with them for over a year. – Slide 7
One day, as these men were worshiping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Dedicate Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the special work I want them to do.’ – Slide 8
So after more fasting and prayer, they laid their hands on Paul and Barnabas and sent them on their way. A cousin of Barnabas called John Mark joined them on their travels. – Slide 9
The men travelled east to the port of Seleucia. – Slide 10
They boarded a ship sailing for Cyprus. It was the island on which Barnabas had owned land and some of the persecuted Christians had fled. – Slide 11
The missionaries landed at the port of Salamis on the west coast. – Slide 12
They began teaching in the synagogues, telling people about Jesus and encouraging the new Christians. – Slide 13
Paul and Barnabas travelled from place to place throughout the island teaching in the synagogues and encouraging Christians. – Slide 14
Eventually they arrived at Paphos where the Roman Proconsul, Sergius Paulus, lived and ruled. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the Word of God. – Slide 15
A Jewish sorcerer and false prophet, Bar-Jesus (also called Elymas), opposed what Paul and Barnabas were telling the Proconsul. Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas. – Slide 16
‘You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right!’ Paul declared. ‘You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. The Lord is going to make you blind for a time, unable to see the light of the sun.’ – Slide 17
Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the Proconsul saw what had happened, he believed in the Lord. – Slide 18
At Paphos, Paul, Barnabas and Mark boarded a ship to Perga to continue their travels. – Slide 19
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