Bible: Acts 11:19-30

Activity in the Church at Antioch

11:19 Now those who had been scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen 1  went as far as 2  Phoenicia, 3  Cyprus, 4  and Antioch, 5  speaking the message 6  to no one but Jews. 11:20 But there were some men from Cyprus 7  and Cyrene 8  among them who came 9  to Antioch 10  and began to speak to the Greeks 11  too, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus. 11:21 The 12  hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed 13  turned 14  to the Lord. 11:22 A report 15  about them came to the attention 16  of the church in Jerusalem, 17  and they sent Barnabas 18  to Antioch. 19  11:23 When 20  he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain true 21  to the Lord with devoted hearts, 22  11:24 because he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a significant number of people 23  were brought to the Lord. 11:25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, 11:26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. 24  So 25  for a whole year Barnabas and Saul 26  met with the church and taught a significant number of people. 27  Now it was in Antioch 28  that the disciples were first called Christians. 29 

Famine Relief for Judea

11:27 At that time 30  some 31  prophets 32  came down 33  from Jerusalem 34  to Antioch. 35  11:28 One of them, named Agabus, got up 36  and predicted 37  by the Spirit that a severe 38  famine 39  was about to come over the whole inhabited world. 40  (This 41  took place during the reign of Claudius.) 42  11:29 So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, 43  decided 44  to send relief 45  to the brothers living in Judea. 11:30 They did so, 46  sending their financial aid 47  to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

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