We take note of a number of significant characteristics of this first journey: 1) it starts because of a commissioning by the Holy Spirit at the church in Antioch; 2) the team initially is 'Barnabas and Saul', but it soon turns 'Paul and his companions' as Saul's name changes to Paul and as he steps up to take leadership; 3) it is a journey filled with many hardships. At the heart of the journey Paul gives a speech in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch which clearly and powerfully represents the heart and soul not only of his ministry but of the whole message of the Good News of Jesus. It is the message that through Jesus, forgiveness of sin is possible in a way that never was possible before!! Paul's sermon here calls us to respond by first of all receiving the forgiveness of Jesus in our own lives and then by taking courage and reminding ourselves that the whole message of Christian faith finds its meaning because of this reality - Jesus came into the world to offer Himself as a sacrifice for sin and to offer forgiveness to all who believe! This is the best news in the whole world!