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1 Acts11:19-23, 26 The churches of Christ in the New Testament 2 of 17 the church in Antioch Acts11:19-23, 26 Don R. Taaffe, Gospel preacher, Dunedin, Florida October 18, 2009

2 Acts 11: Acts 11: were scattered and Antioch, but the Jews only. a great number believed and turned to the Lord. 19 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. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. 22 Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord (NKJV)

3 Acts 11:26 Acts 11:26 assembled with the church the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. 26 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. ( NKJV)

4 churches of Christ in the New Testament – 17 Lessons Origin of Lords church Origin of Lords church The church in Antioch The church in Antioch The church in Colosse The church in Corinth The church in Crete The church in Ephesus The church in Galatia The church in Jerusalem The church in Laodicea The church in Pergamum The church in Philadelphia The church in Philippi The church in Rome The church in Sardis The church in Smyrna The church in Thessalonica The church in Thyatira The church in Dunedin?

5 Queen of the East Antioch was one of the great capitals of the Roman empire It was the third city after Rome and Alexandria Made up of Syrians, Greeks, Jews, Romans Fashion was the only law, pleasure was the only pursuit, and splendor of dress and furniture was the only distinction of citizens

6 RomeRome ConstantinopleConstantinople AntiochAntioch JerusalemJerusalem AlexandriaAlexandria Colossians 1:18 Acts 14:23; 1 Peter 5:2 Colossians 1:18 Acts 14:23; 1 Peter 5:2 Colossians 1:18 (He Christ) head of the body, the church 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (NKJV) Acts 14:23 elders in every 23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (NKJV) 1 Peter 5:2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; (NKJV)

7 The Beginning of the church in Antioch Acts 11:19- 23;Acts 13:14-50; 14:6-20 How did the church begin and how did it fare in this evil environment – (Acts 11:19- 23; Acts 13:14-50; 14:6-20) Acts 11:19 Started basically as a Jewish church – Acts 11:19 Acts 20:35 Not a wealthy church, though threatened by the famine of Jerusalem they sent relief to others. They learn the great principle of our Lord, (Acts 20:35) After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the church in Antioch became the center for Christianity Acts 11:19 (Barnabas and Saul [Paul]) 19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the but the Jews only. word to no one but the Jews only. (NKJV)

8 EXPLANATION OF GROWTH But how do we explain the phenomenal success of the gospel in Antioch over that of other cities? Three Biblical characteristics: 1 st - A teaching churchEdification Acts 11:19, 20, 23, 26 1 st - A teaching church (Edification) – Acts 11:19, 20, 23, 26 – These brethren believed in the power of the word and of the Lord! Acts 4:2; 13:5, 38; 15:36; 17:3, 13; 1 Cor. 9:14Preaching is always teaching; teaching is not always preaching. Antioch was a preaching/teaching church – Acts 4:2; (13:5, 38; 15:36; 17:3, 13; 1 Cor. 9:14) Acts 11:19-20, 23, Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and preaching the word Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus preaching the Lord Jesus. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, encouraged them and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church taught a great many people. and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. (NKJV) Acts 4:2 they taught the people 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (NKJV)

9 EXPLANATION OF GROWTH Lessons for us Lessons for us Dont be discouraged when people reject the gospel Acts 22:21;Acts 11:19-23; 15:35 Look for new opportunities for the gospel -- Acts 22:21; (Acts 11:19-23; 15:35) Acts 11:24 Good and honest hearts still exist and will hear and believe the gospel -- Acts 11:24 Acts 11:21, 24, 26 Christ will still bless the faithful work of his servants -- Acts 11:21, 24, 26 Acts 11: 26; Galatians 3:28-29 Christians belong to Christ not the world -- Acts 11: 26; Galatians 3:28-29 Acts 22:21 21 Then He said to me, 'Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.'" (NKJV) Acts 11:24 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of a great many people were added faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. (NKJV) Acts 11:21, 24, 26; a great 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed number believed and turned to the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. a great many people were added to the Lord. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church taught a great many people. and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 15:35 35 Paul and Barnabas also remained in Antioch, teaching and with many others also. preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also. (NKJV) Galatians 3: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are you are Abraham's seed, and heirs Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. according to the promise. (NKJV)

10 Gods pattern for the work of the local church Gods pattern for the work of the local church Caring for needy saints - 1 Timothy 5:16 Caring for needy saints - 1 Timothy 5:16 Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:8 Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:8 Edification - Acts 20:28; ( 1 Corinthians 14:26; Edification - Acts 20:28; ( 1 Corinthians 14:26; Eph. 4:11-12) If no order, then no disorder (1 Eph. 4:11-12) If no order, then no disorder (1 Cor. 14:40) Cor. 14:40) PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS 2 Timothy 1:13 WORK OF THE LOCAL CHURCH WORK OF THE LOCAL CHURCH Ephesians 4: Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words 13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (NKJV) Ephesians 4: And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and forequipping of the saints for teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,foredifying of the body work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (NKJV) 1 Timothy 5:16 16 If any believing man or woman has widows, let them do not let the church be burdened, relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows. (NKJV) 1 Thessalonians 1:8 the word of the Lord has sounded forth, 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. (NKJV) Acts 20:28 that you feed 28 "And now beware! Be sure that you feed and shepherd God's flock-his church, purchased with his blood-for the Holy Spirit is holding you responsible as overseers. (TLB) 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (NKJV)

11 Gods Pattern for Cooperation in Edification Gods Pattern for Cooperation in Edification Accomplished locally - 1 Peter 5:2 Accomplished locally - 1 Peter 5:2 Elders Elders Deacons Deacons Saints Saints Preachers/Teachers Preachers/Teachers PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS 2 Timothy 1:13 COOPERATION OF CHURCHES 23 LocalChurchLocalChurch 1 Peter 5:2 which is among you, 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; (NKJV)

12 What Antioch Practiced Preach and Teaching The Gospel C C $ $ $ EDIFICATION C Preacher PreacherTeacher Acts 13:1-3; Philippians 4: Corinthians 11:8 11 Acts 13:1-3 in the church that was at Antioch 1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain teachers: Barnabas, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up Saul. with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said,"Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (NKJV) Philippians 4: Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning no of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities (NKJV) 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other churches, 8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. (NKJV)

13 Not Practiced in True churches Teach or Preach Gospel C C $ $ $ EDIFICATION C Teacher Teacher SponsoringOrganization $ Scripture Please! 12 Preacher Preacher

14 Okay Not Practice by True churches PreachAndTeachGospel C C $ $ $ EDIFICATION C Preachers PreachersTeachers Bible BibleSchool $ Scripture Please! 13

15 EXPLANATION OF GROWTH Three Biblical characteristics: 2 nd - A benevolent churchActs 11: nd - A benevolent church – Acts 11: – This was done without a special call from Judea! This was a congregation of Gods people that cared. Our Father has a way of blessing those who minister unto the needy. Luke 10:31Many today pass by on the other side, (Luke 10:31) Acts 11: Then the disciples, each according to his ability, to send relief determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. 30 This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. (NKJV)

16 Local Church is Sufficient Relieve its Needy Saints BENEVOLENCE Local Church (elders) Local Church (elders) Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; (2 Cor 8:12-15; 9:12-15; Acts 6:1-6; 11:27-30) $ 6 Acts 2: Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and divided them among all, goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. (NKJV) Acts 4: Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. 36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet. (NKJV) 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. 4 But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me. (NKJV)

17 Local Church is Sufficient Relieve its Needy Saints C C $ $ $ BENEVOLENCE C Local Church in need Local Church in need (to elders) Acts 11:27-30; Romans 15:25-27; (1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:1-4, 13-15; 9:1, 12-14) $ 7 Acts 11: And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 Then one of them, named 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 Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, each determined to send relief to the according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. brethren dwelling in Judea. 30 This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. (NKJV) Romans 15: But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. make 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. (NKJV)

18 Local Church is not Sufficient! RelieveNeedy C C $ $ $ BENEVOLENCE C Need Need INSTITUTION $$ Scripture Please! 8

19 Local Christians are Sufficient Relieve Needy of the World (Non Christians) d d $ $ $ BENEVOLENCE d James 1:26-27; (Luke 10:25-36; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 1:17; Galatians 6:10) 7 James 1:26-27 anyone 26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled to visit (AID religion before God and the Father is this: to visit (AID drt) orphans and widows in their trouble, drt) orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself oneself unspotted from the world. (NKJV)

20 EXPLANATION OF GROWTH Three Biblical characteristics: 3rd - A missionary church (Evangelism)Ephesians 4:12 Matt. 16:18 3rd - A missionary church (Evangelism) – Ephesians 4:12 ASV– Paul uses building up same word Jesus used in (Matt. 16:18) used in a since of planting, establishing it when it is not known, extending the borders of the kingdom by taking it into new territory by evangelism, preaching of the gospel. They fully recognize that the great commission of Christ contained six alls all power, all ye, all the world, all nations, all things, all the days. The two great missionaries of this church where the apostle Paul and the evangelist Barnabas. Romans 1:8 The missionary movement that began in Antioch and Jerusalem swept over the whole world. (Romans 1:8) Philippians 1:2 Paul summed it up to live is Christ, (Philippians 1:2) Ephesians 4:12 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of building up (Edifying NKJV) of the body of service, to the building up (Edifying NKJV) of the body of Christ; Christ; (NASU)

21 Gods Pattern for Cooperation in Evangelism Gods Pattern for Cooperation in Evangelism Church sends Church sends preachers preachers Acts 11:30; Matthew 28:19-20 PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS 2 Timothy 1:13 COOPERATION OF CHURCHES – THE WAY ANTIOCH DID IT CC PP PP PP 22 Acts 11:30 30 This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. (NKJV) Matt 28: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (NKJV)

22 Gods Pattern for Cooperation in Evangelism Gods Pattern for Cooperation in Evangelism Church supports Church supports preachers preachers Philippians 4:14-16; Philippians 4:14-16; 2 Corinthians 11:8-9 2 Corinthians 11:8-9 PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS 2 Timothy 1:13 COOPERATION OF CHURCHES – THE WAY ANTIOCH DID IT PP CC PP 21 Philippians 4: Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. (NKJV) 2 Corinthians 11:8-9 I robbed other churches, 8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. 9 And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. (NKJV) $

23 PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS 2 Timothy 1:13 CHURCH SUPPORT OF A HUMAN ORGANIZATION?? 13 CC CC CC Missionary Society $ $ $ PP PP PP ?

24 SPONSORING CHURCH ARRANGEMENT?? 15 CC CC CC Sponsoring Church $ $ $ PP PP PP PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS 2 Timothy 1:13 ?

25 APOSTASY IN ANTIOCH By 380 A. D. bishops in the church were writing of the great fall of this church All can be lost in a generations time. Revelation 2:4-5) It couldve been said of Antioch, what was said to Ephesians by our Lord and Savior, you have left your first love remember, repent and do your first or work (Revelation 2:4-5)

26 History Warns of Apostasy Luke 8:13 1 Tim. 4:1 Heb. 3:12 Luke 8:13 1 Tim. 4:1 Heb. 3:12 1 Cor. 10:11-12

27 Conclusion: The church in Antioch The Church of Antioch was indeed a model church, its zeal, evangelism, benevolence, and edification, made it outstanding. It followed the plan of salvation perfectly: HEAR - John 6:45 HEAR - John 6:45 BELIEVE - John 8:24 BELIEVE - John 8:24 CONFESS - Roman 10:9-10 CONFESS - Roman 10:9-10 REPENT - Acts 17:30 REPENT - Acts 17:30 BE BAPTIZED - Acts 22:16 BE BAPTIZED - Acts 22:16 to the to theChurch Acts 2:47 to the to theChurch Acts 2:47 BE FAITHFUL Luke 6:40, 46


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