They gathered everyone together
The local church in Antioch had been waiting for over 40 days for a clear word on the matter of justification. Imagine the anticipation!
They read the letter
Like awaiting the test results for a diagnosis, the Gentiles of Antioch learned of their spiritual well being from the delegates who had traveled to Jerusalem.
They were encouraged by the gospel
They were reminded…
That they did not have to become Jewish
That the men did not have to be circumcised
That they were not legally bound to the laws of Moses
That salvation is a gift
That justification is by faith
That growth is progressive
That unity had been maintained
“The gospel creates a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-national community of forgiven and renewed sinners whose union with Christ and fellowship in His Word and communion makes them the strangest and most wonderful family in the world.” ~ Michael Horton
That the gospel brings comfort and hope
That they had access to God in prayer
That the teachings of Christ lead to abundant life
That the Spirit was giving them understanding
That the Spirit was giving them gifts for service
That this world is passing away…and they were strengthened!
You are only truly well if you are “in Christ.”
You are only “in Christ” if you have received what He has made possible by faith.
We receive the symbols of His body and His blood with gratitude for the hope and comfort He provides.