Peter Defends Himself (11:1-18)
vs. 4 (-17)
Rom. 2:4 -- God's goodness
Church in Antioch (11:19-30)
First Gentile Church (11:19-25)
Church in Antioch.
Antioch lays on the main route for Mesopotamian and Arabian trade. Antioch was a major city between the West and Palestine. It was founded in 30l B.C. by Seleucas Nicator, founder of the Seleucid Empire. Was third largest city of Roman Empire (est. 500,000) and was busy center for government and commerce.
Paul pastored Church here for one year (Acts 11:25-27) and used it for a headquarters. Began every major evangelistic tour from this point. Disciples first called Christians" in this city (Acts 11:26).
Church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to Antioch.
Note: About nine years passed before Paul was mentioned here.
Barnabas and Saul (11:26-30)
"Christian" -- derogatory term used by citizens of Antioch.
Point: Was given them by external sources.
Drought: Josephus and Tacitus mention it.
Note: Not a worldwide famine. Claudius Caesar
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