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Ordinary Christians

“Ordinary” Christians!

 Welcome to Church! If you’re visiting us today; a very warm and special welcome to you! We hope you enjoy your time with us, as we consider the impact of “Ordinary” Christians!

Extra-Ordinary people!

In our passage today we’re reminded that ordinary Christians took the Gospel to Antioch, a city of some 500,000 people! And their witness had a great impact, so much so that news reached the Apostles in Jerusalem, who sent Barnabas to teach and encourage them in their new found faith.

And Barnabas was a great encouragement to the Church there, but he needed help, and so he enlisted Saul [Paul]. These two men had taught the Christians for a year in Antioch when a prophecy foretold of a severe famine. Barnabas and Saul set out to generously provide help for the Church in Jerusalem as a result of their need.

May all of us “Ordinary” Christians be as enthused by the Gospel as the early Christians and like them, may WE proclaim the Gospel everywhere we go! Similarly may we all be encouragers like Barnabas! Good people recognising what is good, and encourage even more!

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Acts 11.19-30

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. 20 But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. 21 The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. 22 News 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 rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.” 27 At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine all over the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. 29 The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; 30 this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

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