Acts Chapter Eleven (NIV)
Acts Chapter Eleven (NASB)
Verses 1-18: Peter reports the conversion of the Gentiles to the believers in Jerusalem.
Verses 19-30: Gentiles in Antioch accept the Gospel.
II. KEY PASSAGES
(A) Acts 11:15--Peter says, "And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning." This is Peter's response to those who objected to his fellowship with non-Jews. If God had accepted the Gentiles (without first converting to Judaism), who was Peter to reject them?
(B) Acts 11:19--"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." The persecution of Christians led to Christian preachers being scattered across the Roman world. But wherever they went, they preached the Gospel!
(C) Acts 11:20-21--"But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord." These Jewish Christians were preaching to Greeks without being aware of the news from Jerusalem.