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Acts Part 2: The Movement Goes International

After the first ten years the Christian movement was still concentrated in Judea, Galilee and Samaria and consisted almost exclusively of Jews and Samaritans. Then through Peter’s witness to the Roman centurion, Cornelius, (Acts 10) and the birth of a thriving new church in Antioch (Acts 11), the gospel spread to the Gentiles and the church went international. In reaching out to the Gentile world the Christian witness faced gross immorality, entrenched pagan religions, severe lack of funding, exclusive Jewish traditions and brutal persecution, yet the church exploded in growth. Every advance was empowered by the Holy Spirit through bold, passionate men and women who put their lives and fortunes on the line for the gospel. We can draw inspiration and instruction for reaching the modern world from the experiences of these pioneer missionaries and the work of the Holy Spirit.