Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 11:19-30
—Verse by verse

A verse by verse study of the establishment of a new church in Antioch Syria, and the involvement in this work of Paul and Barnabas.

The gospel goes to Antioch in Syria

Acts 11:19-39

¶“19Those who were scattered abroad by the oppression that arose about Stephen, consequently traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch. They spoke the word to Jews only, 20although some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene who came to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 11:19-20).

¶“21The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. 22The church in Jerusalemreport head the report concerning these converts. The church sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23When he got there, and saw the grace of God, he was glad. He exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they should remain near to the Lord. 24Barnabas was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord.” (Acts 11:21-24).

¶“25Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul. 26When Barnabas found Saul, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they were gathering together with the church. They taught many people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called 'Christians'.” (Acts 11:25-26).

¶“27At that time, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28One of them named Agabus stood up, and indicated by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine all over the world. This famine happened in the days of Claudius. 29All the disciples who were well off each determined to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea. 30They sent their gifts to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.” (Acts 11:27-30).

1 Preaching in Syria

Verses 19-20

¶ "Those who were scattered abroad by the oppression that arose about Stephen, consequently traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch. They spoke the word to Jews only, although some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene who came to Antioch, spoke to the Greeks, preaching the Lord Jesus." (Acts 11:19-20).

Map Cyprus and Persia

Map Cyprus and Persia

2 Barnabas and Saul Make “Christians” in Antioch

Verses 21-24

¶ "The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. The report concerning them came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem. They sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he got there, and saw the grace of God, he was glad. He exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they should remain near to the Lord. Barnabas was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and many people were added to the Lord." (Acts 11:21-24).

Verses 25-26

¶ "Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul. When he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they were gathering together with the church. They taught many people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians”." (Acts 11:25-26).

3 Prophets Come from Jerusalem: Agabus Predicts Famine

Verse 27-30

¶ "At that time, prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up, and indicated by the Spirit that there should be a great famine all over the world. This famine happened in the days of Claudius. All the disciples who were well off each determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. They sent their gifts to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul." (Acts 11:27-30).

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