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AF-S111-022606 Acts 11b

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Acts 11:19-21 ~ So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.

Stephen - in the meantime

Jews alone - mindset, bias, culture and comfort

speaking to the Greeks also - more able to cross over - Native / Helenistic / Prostelytes / God-fearers / Pagans

preaching - We speak first and then we evangelize

hand of the Lord - Luke's way of assuring us it was a God thing

large number - If the household of Corn scares you as a Jew

Acts 13:1 ~ Shim-own Nee-gur - Lucius of Cyrene, and (Noble) Μαναήν

Slides: World - Alex breakup - Roman world - Thee-rah - Small scale area


Phoenicia = Tyre, Sidon - Greek Phoenix means purple, Latin is Punic

Cyprus = Birthplace of Aphrodite, settled by Greeks and Phoenicians 1600   - 1500 B.C., Heroes of Trojan war in 1200 B.C., Pers/Alex/Ptolem/Rom

Cyrene = (sigh-'ree-nee) King Battus from Thira ('thee-ra) in Cyclades        ('sigh-cleh-deez) Islands founded in 630 B.C.

        Minoans left in 1,500 B.C. establishing Phoenicia & Carthage

Antioch = Built by Seleucus Nicātor (nee-Kay-tur) on the Orontes River just upstream from his port city, Seleucia, named after himself. Antioch in honor of his father Antiochus (an-ty-uh-cuss)

Third largest city in Roman Empire after Rome and Alexandria Egypt

ee-oo-vane-all-ees Juvenal said: The sewage of the Syrian Orontes has for long been discharging itself into the Tiber.

Who will guard the guardians?

(Pan-aim ate kear-kane-sayse) panem et circenses = Bread & Circus i.e.    food and entertainment

According to the Bible the first satanic religion after the Flood was established at the Tower of Babel. Nimrod, the Grandson of Ham, founded Babel, Erech and Akkad. In what is present-day Iraq in the vicinity of Baghdad. They were the forerunners of Sumerians and Akkadians His wife was a witch named Semir-amis who was the High Priestess of the anti-God cult. She had a son named Tammuz who was a savior-God conceived by a sun-beam but he was killed so she raised him back to life through her love and would forever function as a mediator for the prayers of the people. She became the Great high mother goddess of dozens of nations.

The Phoenicians called her Astarte who was from the Aysha and it is from this we get the word Asia meaning to the East and it is also where we get the word East itself. The moon goddess and Mother Nature.

The Jews knew her as Astoreth and Soloman introduced her worship in 1 Kings 11:33. She was called the "queen of heaven" Jeremiah 44:25.

Simon Magus said he was the Father and his prostitute mistress Helena was his first thought and was actually the Holy Spirit trapped in a perpetual physical reincarnation. The mother of his incarnation as Jesus as well as of all the angels and earth.

Headquarters of the Christian church for 300 plus years from 66 A.D.

Ignatius Bishop from around that time until after 100 A.D.


Acts 11:22-24 ~ The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.

Yo-safe, Bar is Hebrew for, "son of," and the nabas part means prophet. Speaking God's Words of comfort, encouragement and exhortation. A priest from Cyprus living in Jerusalem and ordained an Apostle by the early church to go to the Gentiles.

encourage them… for he was a good man

Acts 11:25&26 ~ And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Tarsus was founded by the Hittites 3,000 years ago… Pompey then Mark Antony & Cleo in 41bc

שָׁאוּל - Shah-ool - Pow-loss, Roman citizen and Pharisee from Tarsus.

Barnabas is letting God build His kingdom rather than try to build his own empire.

Christian leaders are servants not Lords. Importance of Discipleship training by qualified people yet you are not limited by those teachers because it is God who teaches through them.

Why a name? Remember Acts 6:5b ~ Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.

Acts 11:27-30 ~ Now at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea. And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.



great famine all over the world - - I CAN MAKE MONEY OFF THIS!

Reign of Claudius, Josephus says 44-48 A.D.

Galatians 6:6 ~ The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.

Thank God for famine! These churches are equals in the Kingdom as each shares their wealth to compensate for the others poverty.

charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders - Trust, 14 years later so 30-33 plus 14 = 44-47

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