Acts 11: 19-30:
So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea. And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.
There are two churches in cities named Antioch. There is one in Syria and one in Asia Minor (Turkey) during the New Testament and this one is in Syria. The persecution in Jerusalem is starting to have the opposite effect as what the Council wanted. Christianity is spreading and expanding not being squashed. Barnabas has been instrumental in the early church. He now in a sense takes Saul under his wing and Brings him to Antioch.
This is the place that the followers of the Way are first called Christians. There is a good deal of evidence that suggests this was not a compliment but an insult. In this city though the beginnings of a more organized approach to evangelism begins. Mostly in response to a famine that a prophet predicted would occur. The result is that for over a year Saul and Barnabas begin to develop a team approach to ministry and are starting to be trusted as they are the ones who are trusted to take the money raised to Judea. This is the beginnings of the team effort to start reaching the Gentiles although booth of these men do not yet realize it.
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