The Gospel according to Paul

by | Jan 30, 2022 | 0 comments

These notes accompany the sermon found here.

Israel, Acts 13:16-22

  • Faithful Jews knew that Messiah (Christ, or the Anointed One) would come from the line of David and would rule over all nations from that throne. See 2 Samuel 7.
  • Encouragement: Our faith comes from a historic context recorded in the Bible.  It would be wise for us to know and understand these things so that we will not fail as the Jewish leadership in Jerusalem failed.  Acts 13:27.

Jesus, Acts 13:23-37

  • Paul emphasizes Jesus’ fulfillment of several things. The ability to precisely predict far-future events and bring them to pass is a work of God.  See Isaiah 41:26, 46:10.
  • John the Baptist was the first prophet to speak since the prophet Malachi about 450 years prior. John was expected because prophecies in Malachi suggested a prophet would come before the Messiah.  Luke 1:11-17; Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1, 4:4-6.
  • It was also well known that the Christ (Messiah) would be of the lineage of David. 2 Samuel 7; Isaiah 55:3; Psalm 2, 16, 110.
  • Failure to understand Jesus’ fulfillment of prophecies lies at the core of the failure of Israel’s leadership in Jerusalem. Acts 13:27; Luke 19:44, 24:25-27, 24:44;
  • Gospel essentials, Acts 13:28-31, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8:
    • Crucifixion
    • Burial
    • Resurrection
    • Appearances
    • Application – You

You, Acts 13:38-52

  • The temptation is to evaluate the Gospel while disconnected from it, but that is simply not possible, because it has relevance to each one of us.
  • There was exactly one chosen nation, one king David, and one savior Jesus Christ. so there is just one way to be saved.


  • Do not condemn the Lord Jesus with your unbelief. Acts 13:27.
  • Move on to other opportunities if the Gospel is rejected. Acts 13:46.
  • Find the joy of obedience in sharing the Gospel.  Acts 13:52.
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