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Acts Chapter 13: Establishment of Churches and Paul's Missionary Journeys:
Jared led a discussion on Acts Chapter 13, focusing on establishing churches in Cyprus and the Apostles' ministry to the Gentiles. He also discussed Paul's first missionary journeys and the spread of Christianity in Roman society. The conversation touched on the biblical story of Barnabas and Saul's separation from a particular work, the significance of liturgical acts, the sacrament of ordination, and the conversion of a high Roman official to Christianity. Jared also emphasized the Christian faith, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and the theme of faith and works.
Acts Chapter 13: Establishment of Churches and Paul's Missionary Journeys
Jared led a discussion on Acts Chapter 13, focusing on establishing churches in Cyprus and the Apostles' ministry to the Gentiles. He initiated the session with a prayer, seeking divine knowledge and understanding of Scripture. The discussion also included a review of Paul's first missionary journeys. Jared encouraged active participation and a deeper understanding of the Chapter.
Barnabas, Saul, and the Significance of Liturgical Acts
Jared discussed the biblical story of Barnabas and Saul's separation for a particular work, as directed by the Holy Spirit. He highlighted the significance of liturgical acts, noting that the Greek term for 'minister' literally means 'perform liturgical acts' and that true worship was taught by Barnabas from Jerusalem to the Antiochian Christians. Jared also emphasized the sacrament of ordination, as indicated by the phrase 'laying hands on them.' He pointed out that even Saul Paul, who had a direct call from Jesus Christ, still underwent ordination in the church.
Christianity's Spread in Roman Society
Jared discussed the spread of Christianity in Roman society, focusing on the missionary journeys of Barnabas and Saul, also known as Paul. Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, confronted the sorcerer and blinded him, which led to the prospective's belief. Jared also mentioned that John returned to Jerusalem while Paul and his party continued to Perga in Pamphylia, overcoming adversity. To support his discussion, Jared referred to various passages from the Acts of the Apostles, specifically Acts 13, verses 3 through 12, and 42 through 45. He also used a map to illustrate their journey and intended to revisit it as more data became available.
Christian Text and Religious Conversion
Jared led a discussion on the Christian religious text, focusing on verses 5, 9, and 11 through 12. He noted that the synagogues were the initial places for Christian preaching, as Christianity arose from Judaism. The conversation also focused on Saul's name change to Paul, suggesting that it could have resulted from ordination, like how Christ gave Simon the new name Peter. Jared further explained that the hand of the Lord does not inflict punishment. Still, instead, it is used to bring repentance and conversion, as evidenced by the conversion of a high Roman official to Christianity.
Conversion of Roman Official and Paul's Strife
Jared discusses the conversion of a high Roman official and his conversion to Christianity. He mentions that Paul and his party set sail from Perga in Pamphylia to Jerusalem, and John, a Roman official, was converted by the teachings. John's departure from Paul's party led to great strife between Paul and Barnabas, leading to Acts chapter 15, verses 37 through 40. Jared also mentions that St. Mark, the evangelist, would later compose the gospel of Mark and later become a co-worker with Paul and Peter.
Christian Faith and Jesus' Teachings
Jared discussed the Christian faith, focusing on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. He emphasized that Christ was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the true King of Israel, according to Paul's message. He stressed that the Old Testament, when properly understood, clearly indicates that Jesus is the Messiah. Jared reiterated that Christ's death and resurrection and the law of Moses justify no one's recurring themes in apostolic preaching.
Faith, Works, and God's Grace
Jared discusses the theme of faith and works, emphasizing the importance of receiving God's mercy and working together to achieve good deeds. The discussion also covers the church in Iconium, Galatia, and the return visit of Paul and Barnabas to the church of Antioch, as well as Isaiah 66 and the Holy Spirit's work in Isaiah 66. The group plans to close out, and Jared will conduct a video on Isaiah 66 concerning a question about that Chapter in the Book of Isaiah. And Jared focused on the power of God's grace and salvation for everyone who believes.
In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell