Read Acts 11:19-24: Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch. . . . Men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose,. . . 24 and a great many people were added to the Lord. . . .
Acts 13:1-3: Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER?
- What is the importance of the church in Antioch?
- Whom did God use to crack open this city for the gospel?
- How do feel about yourself? Do you think God can use you? To whom are you focusing on?
Lord, forgive our sin. Help us to serve you faithfully, knowing that the power of your hand is our strength. Spread your Word and build your church, O Lord. Amen.