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The Return to Antioch in Syria August 31, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Acts 14:21-28.

Summary: In this passage, Paul and Barnabas preached the Gospel message in Derbe. They then returned to Lystra, Iconium and Pisidian Antioch – where they encouraged the new believers in those cities and appointed elders to oversee their respective local congregations. Later, they sailed back to Antioch in Syria; they described God’s work through them to that local congregation.

Thoughts: It seems that missionaries through the ages have adhered to the model that Paul and Barnabas established in this passage. Along with preaching the Gospel message, Paul and Barnabas made a concerted effort to disciple new believers and help them mature; they also appointed local leaders who could build on their efforts in their absence. They also made a report to their “home church” where they described God’s work through them after their commission to the Gentiles had been publicly confirmed. I assume that Paul and Barnabas thanked the believers in Antioch for their support.

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