After the death of The first Christian martyr many Greek-speaking believers flee Jerusalem for Antioch, where they build up a community with many new believers. Christian missionary and companion of Paul on his early journeys. and The first king of Israel (A Christian missionary who once persecuted the church) visit this new community in which believers are first called “Christians.”
After the death of Stephen, many of the Greek-speaking believers in Jerusalem flee to other Mediterranean cities. Those who go to Antioch, called by one ancient writer the “third among the cities of the Roman world,” have God-given success in drawing many people to belief in Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity. Antioch had a large and well-established Jewish population as well as a predominantly A gentile is anyone who is not Jewish. The term, which is derived from words that the Bible uses to denote the "nations" of the world, reflects beliefs that God had designated Israel as a nation that would be distinct from others, and a blessing... population. Outside of Jerusalem, in this great and diverse cosmopolitan city, believers are first identified as Christians.