“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Church In Antioch

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

This Sunday, our Pastor Spoke on “The Truth About Heaven” and John 14:2, ” In My Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  2Corinthians 5:1.  He shared that Jesus has a room for us in Heaven. He also read, John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  Jesus is the Way to the Father’s house.  It was beautiful and I was blessed to hear the Word of God.  Romans 10:15b, “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  Praise God!

 What I want to do, is encourage you to seek out your own place of Worship, where you can praise and worship God with other Believers and be Blessed.  “Be Blessed”, Yolanda Adams.

“The Church In Antioch”, Acts 11:19) Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the Word to none but unto the Jews only.  Acts 8:1.  20) And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.  21) And the hand of the Lord was with them:  and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.  Luke 1:66.  22) Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the Church which was in Jerusalem:  and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  23) Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  Colossians 2;6.  24) For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith:  and much people was added unto the Lord.  25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.  And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the Church, and taught much people.  And the Disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  27) And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.  1Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11.  28) And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth (destruction) throughout all the world:  which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.  Acts 21:10.  29) Then the Disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:  Romans 15:26; 2Corinthians 9:1; Galatians 2:10.  30) Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.  1Peter 5:1. 

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary:  v19-24, The first preachers of the Gospel at Antioch, were dispersed from Jerusalem by persecution; thus what was meant to hurt the church, was made to work for its good.  What should the ministers of Christ preach, but Christ?  Christ and Him Crucified.  Christ, and Him Glorified.  And their preaching was accompanied with the Divine power.  The people turned from a careless, carnal way of living, to live a Holy, Heavenly, Spiritual life.  They turned from worshipping God in show and ceremony, to worship Him in the Spirit and in Truth.  Thus was the work of conversion wrought upon them, and it must be wrought upon every one of us.  Barnabas was full of faith; full of the grace of faith, and full of the fruits of the faith that works by love.  v25-30, Hitherto the followers of Christ were called Disciples, that is, learners, scholars; but from that time they were called Christians.  The proper meaning of this name is, a follower of Christ; it denotes one who, from serious thought, embraces the religion of Christ, believes His promises, and makes it his chief care to shape his life by Christ’s precepts and example.  The whole earth would be like one large family, every member of which would strive to be dutiful and kind.

More to come and God Bless You.    

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