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Lucius of Cyrene

Lucius of Cyrene (see the Fact Finder question below) was a prominent Christian teacher at Antioch (see Antioch Of Syria) at the time that the recently-converted On The Road To Damascus former enemy of Christians, the Pharisee Saul, was there. Antioch was the city were the term "Christian" began to be used in a non-insulting way (see Christianos).

Lucius of Cyrene

Antioch became one of the central cities of early Christianity where both Jews and Greeks (literally "Jews and Greeks," but the term was also used for Israelites and non-Israelites - Christianity was and is open to anyone who repents) gathered for fellowship and learning.


"And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:20-26 KJV)

Saul was yet a relatively new convert, but was soon to become a major servant of God who would deliver the Gospel to many thousands during his lifetime, and millions more ever since because The Lord gave him to write much of what became the New Testament - Acts is very much about Paul's Ministry and most of the Epistles were written by Paul. But nevertheless, it was Lucius of Cyrene who was among those who "fasted and prayed and laid their hands on" Saul/Paul at the beginning of his missionary journeys (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).

"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away." (Acts 13:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: Besides Lucius, what other people from Cyrene were prominent in Bible History? What man from Cyrene was given to carry the Cross of Christ after the nearly beaten to death Messiah could no longer carry it?
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