Barnabas and Saul at Antioch

Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.

22 Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. — Acts 11:19-26.

The scattering of the disciples, by persecution, leads to the spreading of the gospel through evangelism. This is widespread, God’s hand is on them, and many believe and turn to the Lord.

Faithful and Spirit-filled Barnabas is sent from Jerusalem to observe what is happening. He encourages the new believers to continue with the Lord. Many others are added to Christ.

Barnabas brings Saul from Tarsus to Antioch, where for a whole year they meet with the church and teach people. The church is edified. The disciples are first called ‘Christians’ in Antioch.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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