Read. Acts 11:19-26
19 Now those who were scattered as a result of the trouble that occurred because of Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch. They proclaimed the word only to Jews. 20 Among them were some people from Cyprus and Cyrene. They entered Antioch and began to proclaim the good news about the Lord Jesus also to Gentiles. 21 The Lord’s power was with them, and a large number came to believe and turned to the Lord.
22 When the church in Jerusalem heard about this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw evidence of God’s grace, he was overjoyed and encouraged everyone to remain fully committed to the Lord.24 Barnabas responded in this way because he was a good man, whom the Holy Spirit had endowed with exceptional faith. A considerable number of people were added to the Lord. 25 Barnabas went to Tarsus in search of Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him to Antioch. They were there for a whole year, meeting with the church and teaching large numbers of people. It was in Antioch where the disciples were first labeled “Christians.”
Reflect. In v.19 we learn that the message of Jesus has spread to Phoenicia (modern Lebanon), Cyprus (a large island south of modern Turkey), Antioch (a large seaport and seat of the Roman governor of Syria). Still we find that the Jesus movement is primarily a movement comprised of Jewish Jesus followers (v.19), but in Antioch this is changing. In v.20, we find that the message was being shared with the Greeks or gentiles. (Note, here, that some translations disagree on v. 20; some suggest that it is Jewish people who speak Greek, but it is probably more accurate to see these as non-Jewish, or gentile, Greek speakers). The Jesus movement is growing in Antioch among both Jewish and gentile believers.
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