Acts 11:19-25 - Bible Study

 Acts 11:19-25 (ESV)

*19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.*

*22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25 So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,*

1. Context: Why were the believers scattered, and where did they go according to verse 19?
2. Inclusivity: How did some believers in Antioch go beyond speaking to Jews, as mentioned in verse 20?
3. God's Hand: According to verse 21, what role did the hand of the Lord play in the spreading of the Gospel in Antioch?
4. Church's Response: How did the church in Jerusalem respond to the report from Antioch, and who did they send according to verses 22-23?
5. Character of Barnabas: What qualities of Barnabas are highlighted in verses 23-24, and how did his presence impact the believers in Antioch?
6. Collaboration: Why did Barnabas go to Tarsus to look for Saul, and what significance does this collaboration have in the spread of the Gospel?

Bible Verses for Reflection:
1. *Proverbs 16:9 - "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."*
2. *Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."*
3. *Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."*

Ending Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We come before you with gratitude for the lessons we've gleaned from Acts 11:19-25. Thank you for showing us the power of your hand at work, guiding believers through challenges and bringing about growth even in times of persecution.

Lord, help us to embrace inclusivity in sharing the Gospel, recognizing that your message is for all people. Grant us the courage to step beyond our comfort zones and reach out to those who may not yet know you.

We thank you for the example of Barnabas, a good man filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. May we, too, exhibit such qualities as we walk in obedience to your calling.

Lord, as we reflect on this passage, ignite in us a steadfast purpose to remain faithful to you. Just as the church in Antioch experienced a great turning to the Lord, may our lives be a testimony that draws others to you.

In our collaborative efforts for the Kingdom, may we seek fellow laborers and partners in spreading the Gospel. Guide our steps and establish our plans according to your divine will.

We pray all these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.