June 1st They return to Antioch
21: And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 23: And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. 24: And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25: And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: 26: And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. 27: And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. 28: And there they abode long time with the disciples.
The Missionary team return retracing their steps through the cities in which they had seen Gods blessing and suffered persecution. On their way they are not presenting the Gospel primarily but meeting with the believers and strengthening them in their faith. Encouraging them to continue in the faith and telling them that it was through much tribulation that they will enter into the kingdom of God. They also ordained elders to look after the spiritual welfare of the believers in each city and they prayed and fasted and commended them to the Lord. As they passed on they preached the word in Perga and went down to the harbour of Atalia and took a ship for Antioch. On arriving at Antioch they gathered the whole church to report the work which God had done with them and how God had opened the door to Gentiles. They remained in Antioch a long while.
- Why do you think that Paul and Barnabas returned to the cities where they had worked?
- What did they do wjhen they arrived back in Antioch?
- How would you rate the success of the first missionary journey?