26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. 27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.Acts 14:26-28, NIV
Why “Antioch Report”
If you’ve ever read the New Testament, then you know Antioch is where a lot of early Christianity was rooted. It was the central hub of mission work and where the early disciples first gathered.
When Paul the Apostle went out from Antioch to the various churches in the first century, he shared the news with them, bringing reports and updates from place to place. The churches trusted him to provide accurate and helpful information about what was happening in churches nearby and in the world around them.
If you were a member in one of these early churches, I imagine it would have been like listening to Paul read a newsletter. He’d probably share some headlines, some main stories, some jaw dropping things that happened in other places as he traveled. It would be cool. It would be something you really looked forward to… “I wonder when Paul will be back with another newsletter!”
We coined these “newsletters” that he delivered from place to place as “The Antioch Report”.
What to Expect
News nowadays is hard to read. It’s so accessible, but where do you even start? Should you read news, watch news, check social media, or what? Everyone has their own bias and opinion, and sifting through the noise to get facts can seem near impossible.
That’s where we come in.
The Antioch Report is your go-to news source that integrates popular news stories with faith-relevant insight, accurately informing you about news headlines in a way that’s faithfully digestible with bite-size wittiness.
The Antioch Report seeks to redefine modern news. With a politically centered approach, you can read our headlines at ease, knowing there is no ulterior motive other than presenting you with the news in a way that strengthens your life as a Christian.
Paul went on several missionary journeys to plant churches, strengthen groups of disciples, and to report back to church hubs how other fellowships were holding up (this was before iPhones).
After Paul became a Christian in the Book of Acts, he and Barnabas were ordained by the brothers in Acts 13, and departed on what is known as the First Missionary Journey. Accompanied by John Mark, they traveled from Antioch to Seleucia, then to Salamis on Cyprus.
After preaching, they went to the other side of Cyprus to Paphos, then to Perga. (Insert John Mark peacing out from Paul’s company). After Perga, they traveled to Antioch in Pisidia (a different Antioch than Syrian Antioch where they began). After Pisidian Antioch, they traveled to Iconium, where they were forced to flee to Lystra due to a threat to their lives. Later, Jews from Pisidian Antioch and Iconium (the two locations prior to Lystra) arrived and turned everyone against Paul and Barnabas, which ended in Paul and Barnabas being stoned.
After Paul’s body was literally dragged out of the city, he went back in and preached.
Then they went to Derbe.
After all of that, they went back through each city to strengthen the disciples.
Finally, they returned to Antioch. (Acts 14:26-28).