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Acts 11:19-26 “Life Together. The Faithfulness of His Church” part 5

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Acts 11:19-26 “Life Together. The Faithfulness of His Church” part 5

Acts 11:19–26 – [19] Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. [20] But there were some of them, 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] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. [25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, [26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (ESV)

 

First things first about this passage:

 

They lived a Gospel centered life – vv. 19-20

To them the gospel was not just a thing you share so people can go to heaven.  Rather, the Gospel was their life.

They Were Trusting God– v. 19a

Those that were scattered

They Were Sharing the Gospel – vv. 19b-20

Speaking the Word.  Preaching the Lord Jesus.

 

The hand of the Lord was with them – vv. 21 & 24b

God had His hand and spiritual favor on their life.

 

They were sensitive to the things of the Lord –  vv. 22 & 25

 

They experienced the Grace of God – 23a

He saw the Grace of God.

 

They understood their purpose– 23b & 26a

 

The community was transformed – 26b

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