How to Respond to Opposition to the Gospel (Wed. June 2)

The word of the day is “brethren.”  We might have the impression that Paul did not want anything to do with the Jews.  After all, he was the champion of accepting Gentiles into the fellowship of faith.  But in today’s reading of Acts 13:13-24, we find an example of Paul’s practice of first going to the synagogue when he arrived at a new field of mission.  When they noticed newcomers in their midst, the leaders of the synagogue  invited Paul and his companions to address the people (vs. 13).  Paul returned the courteousness of his hosts with a gracious sermon.  Our reading stops in the middle of the speech. The next Sabbath the “whole city came together to hear the…