Acts Week 16 – “To What Do We Belong?”
In Acts chapter 11, we are first introduced to the church in the city of Antioch. Antioch was a large metropolitan area in the ancient world. People from all over the world lived there because it was a bustling trade hub. Jewish Christians who were scattered because of the persecution that broke out in Jerusalem came to the city and started preaching the Gospel, even to those who weren’t Jews and had no prior knowledge of God or the Bible. The Gospel took root, and Antioch became a major hub of Christianity and the place where the term Christian was first used. What happened in this city gives us hope that our modern cities, with all their plurality and diversity can become places where the Gospel is received with joy.