Barnabas and Paul sent off

Acts 13:1-3. Spring April AD48.
Paul starts his first of three missionary trips, which spanned a 10 year period. Paul and Barnabas start this one together. Later Paul and Barnabas split up and do separate trips. Paul with Silas and Timothy and Barnabas with John Mark.

The effect of this first missionary trip in spreading the Good News about Jesus should never be underestimated.

Paul studied under some of the greatest teachers of the time. Paul was a disciplined learner and excelled in his search for knowledge. As a great thinker and communicator, Paul was able to pass his knowledge to others both in speech and the written word.

Background Reading:

Barnabas and Saul (Paul) Travel to Cyprus

13:1 Now Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius from Cyrene, Manaen, who grew up with Herod the tetrarch Herod Antipas – Galilee and Perea 4BC-39AD, and Saul were prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set Barnabas and Saul apart for me to do the work for which I called them.” 3 Then they fasted and prayed, laid their hands on them, and let them go
Acts 13:1-3

More Information:

Paul and Barnabas were two great early Christians among many.
Antioch of Syria was about 483 km or 300 miles north of Jerusalem. And about 26km or 16 miles inland from the Mediterranean seaport of Seleucia.

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