New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

How was Antioch important in spreading the gospel?

It was in Antioch of Syria that preaching the gospel to Gentiles first picked up momentum. Saul and his friend Barnabas spent a year there, teaching many people. The number of Jesus’ followers increased greatly. Perhaps it was no surprise then that “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (KJV, Acts 11:26) Christianity was known also as The Way. (Acts 19:23)


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