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Acts 11:17-26 (New International Version)

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17 So if God gave them the same gift1 as he gave us,2 who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?" 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."3

The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen4 traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch,5 telling the message only to Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus6 and Cyrene,7 went to Antioch8 and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news9 about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord's hand was with them,10 and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.11 22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas12 to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God,13 he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.14 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit15 and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.16 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus17 to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples18 were called Christians first19 at Antioch.
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