OYB June 17

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Kings 18
NT: Acts 11
Ps: Psalm 135
Pr: Proverbs 17:12-13

Today´s notable verse:

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.

Acts 11:19-20 (NIV)

This moment represents a seminal point in the spread of the church. The persecution drove believers outside of Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria, and the Holy Spirit used this scattering to begin to reach the Gentiles. The church at Antioch became the focal point of Gentile outreach; Paul's missionary journeys originated from this church. It is this church that gets the following distinction (verse 26): "The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."

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