Paul's First Mission

Research Task

1. Go to https://spark.adobe.com on PC web browser OR

If using iPad or phone: install Adobe Sparks Pages and Video from the App Store.

2. Create your own Adobe account and sign in.

3. Your work will be saved to your/my Adobe account to continue with next class

Working with Others

Working in pairs, create either an Adobe Sparks page or video outlining the following aspects of Paul's first mission:

a) Country & main stops

b) Key encounters & significance

Tips

1. Only include significant information - I don't want to know what Paul had for breakfast.

2. Think like a teacher - other people will be potentially using your work for revision.

3. Make sure you use pictures which are memorable and related - think memory palace

Paul's first mission was a 1,400 mile round, which took roughly two years to complete.

Paul's journey started in Antioch, Syria (just within the border of modern day Turkey).

The Christian church had been well established here by this stage. It was during the persecution of Christians in Jerusalem and Judea that many fled to Antioch and the surrounding territories.

Cyprus

The first stop on the travels of Paul and Barnabas (a Cypriot).

Main stops: Salamis & Paphos

The city of Salamis was a natural starting point on the island: it was the largest city and had a strong Jewish contingent.

Main encounters: Sergius Paulus, Elymas

Bar-Jesus AKA Elymas

- He was a magician and false prophet

Parallels to Philip's encounter with Simon Magus in Samaria. Elymas feels threatened by Paul and Barnabas as the Roman Proconsul is not as interested in his false signs and miracles anymore.

Paul, aided by the Holy Spirit, denounces Elymas and, through the judgement of God, he is temporarily blinded.

Why is this significant?

Who else, ironically, received the same punishment?

The venerable Bede, an early Christian writer, writes, "Remembering his [Paul] own case he knew that by the darkening of the eyes the mind's darkness might be restored to light."

Credits:

Created with images by Pok_Rie - "wave water ocean" • Unsplash - "women teamwork team" • Josch13 - "light bulb at burn" • dimitrisvetsikas1969 - "bicycle afternoon sun"

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