Setting: The synagogue in Antioch
Audience: Jews and God-fearing Gentiles (likely converts to Judaism)
Preceding Events: Paul is merely present at the Sabbath service and invited to speak
Overall Theme: Paul connects the life of Jesus with the Old Testament teaching and prophecies.
Central Teaching: The news about Jesus is for all people (both Jews and Gentiles).
Subsequent Events: Paul and his companions are invited back, but opposition is mounted against them and they are driven away. Nevertheless, their message spread throughout the region.
Key Lesson: Be ready to speak of Jesus when the opportunity is presented – and ready to leave when it is withdrawn.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.