ECCO | March 8-14

March 07, 2021

    Barnabas in Antioch

    God told Peter to tell everyone the good news about Jesus. So Peter obeyed. He shared the gospel with people, no matter who they were or where they came from. He shared with Jews and also with Gentiles—people who were not Jews. The Gentiles heard Peter’s message, and they believed in Jesus. God gave His Spirit to these new believers, and they were baptized.

    Before long, Jesus’ followers in Judea heard that the Gentiles had believed the good news about Jesus. They were surprised! Peter explained that the gospel is for everyone. Then Jesus’ followers praised God!

    Around this time, believers were living in places like Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They had moved away from Jerusalem after Stephen was killed because he loved Jesus. Most of them shared the gospel only with Jews, but some believers went to Antioch and told the Gentiles there about Jesus. When the Gentiles heard the good news, many of them believed.

    The church in Jerusalem heard about these new believers, so they sent Barnabas to visit them. Barnabas was a good man who loved God. Barnabas saw that God was with the believers in Antioch, and he was glad. He encouraged them to keep following God. More people heard about Jesus and trusted in Him.

    Then Barnabas left Antioch to find Paul. Barnabas and Paul went to Antioch and stayed with the church there for one year. They taught large crowds of people. Jesus’ followers were first called Christians in Antioch.

    Christ Connection: The gospel continued to spread even when people tried to stop it. The good news about Jesus is for everyone. God wants us to celebrate when others believe in Jesus.

    BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 11
    STORY POINT: The Gospel continued to spread!
    KEY PASSAGE: 1 Chronicles 16:31
    CHRIST CONNECTION: What is the gospel? The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to rescue sinners.

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