So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. – Acts 11:26b

Antioch was a big city, so we are reading about an urban church plant in this passage. With the density and diversity of Antioch it is amazing to realize that Christianity flourished in the large cities of that day. The Scripture and history have shown that the challenges of urban life have been a seedbed for church growth. In the rigors of different cultures and religions, the followers of Jesus were so distinct that they received a new name – Christians! What about our day? Are we living in such a way that we are distinct from all of the voices that call out around us? Like the story of Antioch, we have an amazing opportunity in front of us. The gospel was made to prosper in times like these.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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