Read about the church in Antioch in Acts 11:19-26.
Here the believers in Jesus were called “Christians” for the first time (26). This will be a good place for us to stop. God’s plan all along has been to provide salvation and establish a new community of believers: Christians!
It seems to me the group at Antioch really “got it” as far as what God wants His people to be. There were “Christians” earlier – going back to Acts 2, but now, for the first time the Church is really maturing into what God intends us to be.
Note especially how the church started (19, 20). What is the contrast between verses 19 and 20? And then how is this demonstrated again in 27-30? This is remarkable considering the tensions and conflict that existed at this time regarding Jews and Gentiles.
What other good examples do you see in 21-26?
This concludes our study of TURNING POINTS OF THE BIBLE STORY! What do we do now? Now that we have seen the progression of God’s plan through these 18 turning points what should we do? We should be Christians! Christian just means a follower of Christ. Like the church at Antioch we should show our love to ALL people by teaching them about Jesus. We should keep studying the Bible be loyal to Jesus in all we do.