Acts + Letters Lesson 7 Day 5

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Acts 11:19-30


Christians in Antioch

12. Antioch

Antioch was about 300 miles (480 kilometers) north of Jerusalem and about 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland from the Mediterranean Sea.

In the first century it was a city of more than half a million people; today it is a Turkish city with a population of about 3,500.

Antioch was known for its business and commerce, for its sophistication and culture, but also for its immorality.

…an utterly pagan city. (Enduring Word)

When persecuted believers left Jerusalem, they scattered, preaching the Lord Jesus only to the Jews at first. Some disciples spoke to the Gentile Hellenitst in Antioch. Many of them believed.

“The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.” (vs 21 WEB)

As revival unfolded in Antioch, the believers in Jerusalem heard about it, and they sent Barnabas to help out. When Barnabas arrived, he saw the grace of God at work among them and encouraged them.

The revival continued and Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. When Barnabas found him, he brought him to Antioch.

They spent a whole year teaching many people.

A prophet named Agabus came from Jerusalem to Antioch and prophesied a wide-spread famine. The disciples decided to send whatever they could to help out their brothers and sisters in Judea. Barnabas and Saul left to deliver the collection.

13. Personal call

This is a transition time for me. Caring for my dad came to an end when he passed on last September.

My son’s wife has made a miraculous recovery after being mostly bed-ridden for ten years. In the past several months, she resumed her role as wife and mother so they are doing well.

Other major changes for my husband and I are in the works.

Please pray we will know the correct path, steps, and timing.

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My answers to BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Acts + Letters of the Apostles Lesson 7 Day 5