The MOVEMENT of the Gospel (11:19-21)
Where did the believers move? believers moved to the surrounding areas of Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch
Why did these believers move? Due to the persecution by Saul that started with the martyrdom of Stephen as described in Acts 8:4
What did these believers do as they moved? They proclaimed the Word to other Jews
What did the Greek speaking Jews do as they moved? Greek speaking Jews from Cyprus and Cyrene (who were nameless in the text) preached the Gospel to Greeks in the city of Antioch
What was the result? God blessed them and a large number of Greeks in Antioch turned to Jesus
What was the city of Antioch like?Antioch was the 3rd largest city in the Roman Empire behind Rome and Alexandria (600,000 people) that was full of pagan worship and sexual immorality
What Meeting & Moving principles do we learn?
Church History shows that God uses even the persecution of His church
If you want to reach people that no one is reaching you have to do things that no one is doing.
The key to effective meeting & moving is an absence of self-fain and self-promotion (Philippians 2:3-4)