June 24 – Acts 11:19-30

June 24 – Acts 11:19-30

The Church in Antioch of Syria

19 Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. 20 However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles[a] about the Lord Jesus. 21 The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.

22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.

25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers[b] were first called Christians.)

27 During this time some prophets traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) 29 So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters[c] in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could. 30 This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.

Acts 11:19-30 (NLT)

One Comment

    Jason Parsons

    Barnabas is an impressive follower of Jesus. His name was changed to Barnabas, meaning “Son of Encouragement,” which is a tremendous testament to who he was (Acts 4:36), he was generous (Acts 4:37), he was the one who brought Saul into the fellowship of the disciples after learning to trust him (Acts 9:27), and in these verses it says he “was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, and strong in faith” (Acts 11:27). We cannot underestimate the power of God and His Spirit living in us but we also must remember that God’s objective starting in Genesis 1 was to partner with people to spread His glory, fame, image, etc., throughout creation. We all need to take notes from Barnabas, who is close to being my favorite person in Acts. He isn’t mentioned much and he is more of a wall flower than the other characters in this book, but according to how he is described in Acts, he is a hero and we can all be heroes like that. We can encourage, trust, be generous, loving, etc. God’s power is available through his indwelling Spirit, we just have to partner with the Spirit and let it work through us. You don’t have to be as aggressive or intense as Saul or Peter to have a lasting impact in this world. When you have the Spirit that Barnabas had, you can do great things too.

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