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The first missionary journey and events at Salamis and Paphos

In the church of Antioch were many teachers and prophets. There was Barnabas, Lucius, Manaen and Paul. One day, as they were worshiping and fasting, the spirit of God told them to set apart Paul and Barnabas for a special work He wanted them to do. After they had laid their hands on them, they sent them away on the first missionary journey with John accompanying them.

The trio travelled to Seleucia, Cyprus till they got to Salamis, where they preached in their Synagogue. They went through the whole Island and when they got to Paphos, they encountered a false prophet called Bar-jesus, meaning Elymas.

The proconsul of the town was called Segius Paulus and a man of great intelligence. He invited Paul and his team over because he wanted to hear the word of God. Bar-jesus was with the proconsul when Paul and his men got there and this Bar-jesus man would not allow the proconsul to hear the word from Paul. So Paul rebuked him and cast a temporary blindness upon him by the name of God. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed

There in Paphos, John left the team and went back to Jerusalem but Paul and Barnabas went on to Perga in Pamphylia.

1. a. Describe the circumstances in Antioch which led to the commissioning of Paul and Barnabas for their missionary journey.
     b. What happened in Paphos?

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