This week we reviewed the previous lesson about the expansion of the gospel into Phoenicia, Syria, and Cyprus. This section, though less than ten verses, fills in the gap in Luke’s narrative of how Christ followers ended up so far north. This timeline is concurrent with that of the previous three chapters.
From the earliest days of the church, there has been one message uniting people across all human-made divides: love. That’s the core of the gospel. Barnabas was sent to Antioch to make sure they were in compliance with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In other words, Barnabas is sent to check up on a group of Christ followers who were already in Antioch teaching non-Jews about Jesus. We also discussed how Luke coined his own term “Hellenistas” to describe the Greek-speaking Jews who were living in areas far-removed from Jerusalem…or were they Greek-speaking non-Jews? This is a mystery.
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Acts 11:19-26 ~ Barnabas and the Hellenists
Barnabas is sent to verify what is being taught in Antioch is accurate.
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PHOTO CREDITS: "Ancient Roman road near Tall Aqibrin in Syria," photo by Bernard Gagnon