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.

Acts 11

The gospel goes to Antioch 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

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).

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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