Lessons From Antioch

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 8th May 2022.


This sermon was based on Acts 11:19-30 & 13:1-3.

Acts 11:19-30

The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. 20But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 22The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. 25So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

27Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. 30And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 13:1-3

Barnabas and Saul Sent Off

1Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.


  1. They Crossed Boundaries
    • Different communities, languages, and equipping people.
  2. They Added Many People
    • Hearing stories, events and planning.
  3. They Were Well Connected
    • Accountable, part of a movement.
  4. They Taught a Great Many
    • Good teaching, Schools.
  5. Christlikeness
    • Living like Christ.
  6. Prophetic Culture
    • Equipping the saints for the works of ministry.
  7. Generous
    • Giving financially, God’s Kingdom.
  8. Multi-Cultural
    • BarnabasCyprus, SimeonBlack (African), LuciusCyrene in Libya, ManaenLikely brought up in Palestine with rich, privileged upbringing, SaulTarsus in Asia Minor (modern Turkey)
  9. Prayer
    • Worshipping, fasting, praying.
  10. They Gave Their Best Away
    • Give your best resources, people etc.


Recommended Resource(s)

Quote: “Christianity has an intrinsic translatability.” – Andy McCullough
Quote:Luke, the author of Acts, led by God the Holy Spirit, reveals the gifting and the roles of the five leaders – the leadership team – of the multiethnic church at Antioch. Luke pointed out their ethnicity: two were from Africa, one was from the Mediterranean, one was from the Middle East, and one was from Asia Minor. The multi-ethnic church at Antioch was led by a multiethnic leadership team.” – Derwin Gray
• Quote: “
Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between his will and its accomplishment on earth.” – Elisabeth Eliot


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