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.