Sharing Our Faith
Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.
When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.
Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)
Acts of the Apostles 11:19-26 NLT
The early history of the Church was not a plan put together my man. It was a movement of the Holy Spirit through people who simply told others what Jesus had done in their lives.
Jesus promised in Acts 1:8 that when the Holy Spirit came upon believers, they would be empowered to be His witnesses around the world. This came true not by people intentionally going as missionaries but rather by persecution. The persecution drove the people to move and where they went, they shared their faith.
The leaders of the early Church heard about people coming to faith in Christ and sent Barnabas to help direct these new converts. Barnabas saw what was happening and went to get Saul to come and help. For a year, Barnabas and Saul worked with these new converts to help them have a secure foundation in their faith.
Some observations from this story. First, as followers of Christ we should be sharing our faith everywhere we go. Second, we should have a follow-up plan to walk with people when they come to faith in Christ. Third, we should partner with others in the process. We are always better together.
Holy Spirit, show me who in my world needs to know of Your grace and mercy. Help me have the courage to properly share my faith. Help me to be a bridge between You and my world.
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