The Church in Antioch
o Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.
But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to p the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus.
And q the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and r turned to the Lord.
Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out s Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.
When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and t encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
For he was a good man, u full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. v And a great many people were added to the Lord.
Then Barnabas departed for w Tarsus to seek Saul.
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
And in these days x prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
Then one of them, named y Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of z Claudius Caesar.
Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send a relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.
b This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.
And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, "What kind of child will this be?" And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed.
And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus.
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.
And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.
And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women.
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.
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However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.
For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
1 Corinthians 16:1
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
2 Corinthians 9:1
Now concerning the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you.
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.