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Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, 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.”
At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and
predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in
Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
1 Peter 4:16
1 Timothy 5:17-19
1 Peter 4:9–11
1. What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?
2. What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?
3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?
4. Has the meaning of “Christian” changed between its first use in Antioch to its use today? What does it mean to you to be called a Christian?