The Literary Setting of Acts 11:25-26
Acts 11:25-26 is a smaller section of the sub-narrative chronicling the beginning and maturity of the Antiochian Church. This sub-narrative is itself a part of a section of narrative in which the Church’s witnesses spread to a broader audience than the Jews in Jerusalem. This church is significant in Acts because it became the first church reportedly to have a membership constituted by both Jewish and Greek believers (v. 21) and is where an even broader mission to the “ends of the earth” originated (13:1-3). Therefore, this passage bears application to the church today primarily by providing an example of the significance of the public teaching ministry in the life, growth, and ministry of a local congregation.