Acts 11:11-21 NIV

11 "Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea1 stopped at the house where I was staying.

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12 The Spirit told2 me to have no hesitation about going with them.3 These six brothers4 also went with me, and we entered the man's house.

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13 He told us how he had seen an angel5 appear in his house and say, 'Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.

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14 He will bring you a message6 through which you and all your household7 will be saved.'

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15 "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on8 them as he had come on us at the beginning.9

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16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: 'John baptized witha water,10 but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'11

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17 So if God gave them the same gift12 as he gave us,13 who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?"

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18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life."14

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The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen15 traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch,16 telling the message only to Jews.

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20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus17 and Cyrene,18 went to Antioch19 and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news20 about the Lord Jesus.

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      21 The Lord's hand was with them,21 and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.22

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