THE ANTIOCH CHURCH
The earthquake ridden city of Antioch was located some
400+ miles N by NE of Jerusalem. It was referred to as "the
queen of the east". "Nicolas was a proselyte of Antioch", Acts
6:5. He was one of the first selected as deacons, Acts 6:1-5.
The office was identified as "deacon" first in Phillipians 1:1.
At the time of Stephan's marytrdom, Acts 7:54-60, there began
a scattering of the saints, Acts 11:29-21. News of the good
response to the preached Word came to the ears of the Jerusalem
church, Acts 11:22. Barnabas was sent and was pleased
by what he saw. He exhorted them to cleave to the Lord. Barnabas
seeks Saul (Paul) and finds him and brought him to Antioch.
They assembled with the church a whole year, Acts 11:26.
They taught much people the 'all things' of how to be an upright
follower of Jesus.
The result was that they received the teaching of the Lord
and it showed in their life and conduct. Such teaching is quite
lacking in many churches today. Thus they came to be called
Christians. The term Christians is coined here at Antioch, Acts 11:27.
Four of the teachers are named:
(3) Lucius, and
(4) Manaen, Acts 13:1.
Paul embarked on his first missionary journey with the blessings of the
Antioch church, see Acts 14:26. He gave them a report of his venture,
Later, the Jerusalem church sent an emissary comprised of
Paul and Barnabas, one Judas, and Silas --- they are referred to
as "chief men", Acts 15:22-27. Antioch was a good church in a
bad society. DDH.
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