Tuesday, September 12, 2006
My study Notes: Chapter 10, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
For a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
My study notes – Chapter 10 TO LIVE IS CHRIST
After the Grecian Jews tried to kill Saul in Jerusalem, he boarded a boat for Tarsus, his homeland. In Galatians 1:21 we see that he also went to Syria and Cilicia.
We have no idea how long he stayed inTarsus, but Scripture suggests those interim years were difficult.
2 Corinthians 11:23-27 says:
I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely and been exposed to death again and again.... …
This interim time is not recorded in the book of Acts.
Persecution scattered the early Christians as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch. In Antioch they began to share with Gentiles and as a result of their testimony
‘a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.' Acts 11:21
In Acts 11:22 we read : News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem and Barnabas was dispatched immediately.
According to verse 23 Barnabas ‘encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.'
He taught these new believers the kind of resolve that would hold up even against the threat of death.
Barnabus brought Saul back to Antioch and they met together with the church for a whole year. Saul – the teacher, Barnabas - the encourager. One taught the principals of godly life --the other assured them they could do it with God’s help.
The greek word the believers were called was Christianos. The name given was first adoped at Antioch.
Peter said ‘If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name .
I Peter 4:16
God is still scattering the seeds a few righteous people planted in a city called Antioch. The early believers had no idea what they had started.
In Part 3 we will join Paul on his first missionary journey. He had many experiences that prove that living and and moving in the center of God’s will doesn’t mean we avoid opposition.
His key to victory was knowing the One in charge intimately. God will use the apostle Paul to help us clear up a few popular misconceptions in many Christian circles today.
Stay alert and Open – minded. His Word is alive. Hebrews 4:12
Since that time , in one generation after another and progressively in all parts of the world, men women and children who have heard the story of Jesus have recognized in it something completely suited to their condition and have welcomed Jesus as their all sufficient Lord and deliverer. (From Jesus Lord and Savior by F.F.Bruce.)
We are all a part of God’s family – Jews , Gentiles, Greek or Roman.
‘On Ya’ - ma