In the late Spring of 44 A. From Antioch, the two apostles and John surnamed Mark begin Paul's first missionary journey Acts - 52, - Apostle Paul and company travel to Seleucia then sail to Salamis, the principle city and seaport of the island of Cyprus. Cyprus is where Barnabas was born and raised Acts In Salamis, they preach the gospel in several synagogues.
Map of Paul's first mission journey
Apostle Paul's First Missionary Journey Map
The apostle Paul and Barnabas are considered prophets teachers in the early New Testament church like several others. The brethren of Antioch, in Syria, lay hands on both men and ordain them as apostles in the late Spring of 44 A. While they the church in Syrian Antioch were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, ' Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul , to do the work to which I have called them. It is the first such extensive evangelistic tour taken by Paul. The evangelism team travels to Seleucia then sails to Salamis, the principle city and seaport of the island of Cyprus. Why did Paul choose, as the first place he would evangelize on his initial missionary journey, to travel to the island of Cyprus? While the Bible is silent regarding the exact reasons why Cyprus was choosen, we can understand why it was visited first based on the following facts.
Paul's First Missionary Journey Map
We have concluded Luke's description of Peter's ministry among the Jews and the calling that he received from God to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. After Pentecost it seemed that the Apostles understood the great commission to be that they preach to all the Jews in the world. It took a miraculous event Cornelius speaking in tongues to convince Peter to not only preach to the Gentiles but to offer them the same salvation through faith, expressed in repentance and baptism, that he had offered the crowd he was preaching to on the day of Pentecost. This breakthrough encouraged others to bring the gospel to Gentiles.
Salamis was an important port and commercial centre with a large Jewish community see Map Paul, as a professional craftsman who made tents and awnings, would have been very much at home in the Roman agora the market place. He may well have set up a temporary market stall and discussed Christianity with passers-by and customers who came to have their awnings and shelters repaired in order to protect themselves from the sun. Modern-day travellers to the Turkish Cypriot administered region of Northern Cyprus can visit the Tomb of St Barnabas — a native of Salamis — and can see a collection of icons venerating Barnabas in the nearby chapel and museum. At Salamis itself, there are extensive remains of the Roman city, including the agora , a well-preserved Roman gymnasium and baths , a restored theatre , a stadium and the Temple of Zeus.