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Acts 11 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Peter Explains His Actions

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:1 - The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:2 - So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:3 - and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:4 - Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:5 - “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:6 - I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:7 - Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:8 - “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:9 - “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:10 - This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:11 - “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:12 - The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:13 - He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:14 - He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:15 - “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:16 - Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with[fn] water, but you will be baptized with[fn] the Holy Spirit.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:17 - So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:18 - When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

The Church in Antioch

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:19 - Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:20 - Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:21 - The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:22 - News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:23 - When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:24 - He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:25 - Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:26 - 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 called Christians first at Antioch.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:27 - During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:28 - One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:29 - The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 11:30 - This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
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