After Stephen was killed and Saul began to persecute Christians in Judea, many fled the area, proclaiming the gospel as they went. Some came to a city called Antioch, 300 miles north of Jerusalem, and shared the gospel with gentiles living there. This was the start of the church that would become the HQ for the Gentile Mission in the early days of the Church. Some of the greatest leaders and pastors in history served in Antioch, including Barnabas, Paul, Peter, Ignatius, Theophilus, Lucian, and John Chrysostom. It was in Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first labeled "Christians." As we study this amazing church, we'll learn six lessons about being a missionary church filled with mission-minded Christians.
Who has made a New Year's resolution only to watch it dissolve within the first few weeks of January? I think we all have. One thing that a New Year's resolution does, it causes us to assess or evaluate our lives. We usually see habits in our life that are out of balance or we are missing disciplines that we need to start. Either way, we have a tendency to be out of balance, unhealthy. Now is a good time to check in on our spiritual health. Are there areas in your life that are out of balance spiritually? Paul gives some examples of healthy habits to Timothy. All of them have to do with our service & life lived for Christ.