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Today marks a transition in Acts and the church; the message of Jesus begins to spread because of a purposeful strategy. Saul, now known as Paul, is now being sent as a missionary along with Barnabas. This chapter begins a pattern which will be seen in the rest of the book of Acts. Paul’s preaching always begins with Jews in the synagogue, but when there is resistance, Paul takes the message of Jesus to Gentiles (non-Jews) as well. 

Paul probably found it easier to talk to Jews than Gentiles. They were raised with similar traditions and believed the same Old Testament teachings. We see Paul relying heavily on the Old Testament when he preached to Jews. But he doesn’t stop with his fellow Jews; he moves to those he formerly hated. Jesus isn’t just for those we naturally like; he wants us to love everyone and take his message to all of them.

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