St Paul Westport Antioch Vision

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ST PAUL WESTPORT A Modern Day Antioch Church

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"Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul [on the road to Damascus], and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” (Acts 11:25-26)

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The modern city of Antakya near the Turkish-Syrian border preserves the name and location of ancient Syrian Antioch

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St. Peter’s Grottos Church is one of more than twenty fourth-century churches uncovered in Antioch.

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According to tradition, this cave was used for secret meetings of Antioch Christians avoiding persecution.

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It is said that Peter preached and taught here while he was in the city 47-54 A.D.

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Antioch played a large role in the early spread of the Gospel of Christ.

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After Stephen was stoned, many disciples fled to Antioch in order to escape persecution and then preached the Gospel to Jews there. (Acts 8:1; 11:19)

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Other disciples soon arrived in Antioch and preached the Gospel to Greeks. (Acts 11:20-21)

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Later the church in Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey. (Acts 13)

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Paul began and ended his second missionary journey in Antioch, accompanied by Silas. (Acts 15:36-41; 18:22)

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Paul started his third missionary journey from the city as well. Acts 18:22

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Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place…strengthening all the disciples. Acts 18:22-24

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A Modern Day Antioch Church

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