Thursday, January 22, 2009
I have been reading Acts 11 and I have noticed that the city of Antioch was very important for the early Church's idea of missions. And something has struck me ---- and that is Acts 11.26: "and when he [Barnabas] had found him [Saul], he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called 'Christians.'" It is worth noting that the first time the word Christian is used is here in Antioch. While at the same time this is the place where they sent out Barnabas and Saul in mission to the Gentiles (Acts 13). I thought I would think about this out loud with you. What do you all think?