St. Paul had many roles: apostle, evangelist, pastor, theologian, persecutor-turned-believer. But there’s another role that doesn’t often get much attention: servant of the poor. He took on that title when some believers from Jerusalem visited him and Barnabas in Antioch. One of the visitors, a man named Agabus, made a prophecy. He “predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine all over the world” (Acts 11:28).
Concerned for the Jewish-Christian church in Jerusalem—which was already struggling with poverty—the elders in the Antioch church,...
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