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How the Church spread to Antioch

After the death of Stephen, there arose a great persecution of the Apostles, to the point where they had to leave Jerusalem. Some of them went to Phoenicia, some to Cyprus and others to Antioch. In these areas, they spoke to only the Jews about the Christ.

Some of the Apostles who came from Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch and preached to the Greeks about Jesus. The grace of God was upon them and many people turned to God.

This great news of the growth of the church in Antioch came to the Apostles in Jerusalem; so they sent Barnabas to ascertain the veracity of what they had been told. Indeed, when Barnabas came to Antioch and saw the grace of God on the church, he told them to remain steadfast. After that more people were saved and they joined the church.

After this Barnabas left for Tarsus to look for Paul and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year, Barnabas and Paul taught the people the words of the Lord. It was here that the Apostles were for the first time called Christians.

1. What circumstances led to the spread of the gospel to Antioch. 

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