My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Acts 11

Christianity begins

When all the Jewish Christians started being all hatey towards Peter, he simply explained what had happened, and that he had to obey God! So they were all stoked for the Gentiles.

People got converted in Antioch, so Barnabas was sent to see it happen. He got Paul to come help him. In Antioch they got the name 'Christians'. A Christian prophet predicted a massive famine over the Empire.

Key verse:
17. So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?

My thoughts:
Before this point, the Christians were just another Jewish sect, which had managed to attract some followers. When the Holy Spirit opened up to all people, then it became something radically different, and Christianity, as we know and call it, was born.

It's awesome how the followers at Jerusalem completely embraced this move of God. They must've been listening to the Spirit, not to their minds.

When reading these stories, I do get a bit sad that these places which were the absolute centres of Christianity, like Antioch or Jerusalem, have been largely emptied of Christians.


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