But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. - Acts 11:20-26
Antioch Baptist church is a place where the Word of God is taught verse by verse in an expository manner.
The historical name of Antioch is the name of one of the first churches established in the Book of Acts (11:19-30) and is the place the disciples were first called “Christians” and was called the “the cradle of Christianity”. The congregation there provided relief to brothers and sisters living in Judea at a time of famine. Also, Paul and Barnabas based their ministry out of that early church of Antioch.
The name of Antioch has long stood as a name that has represented the Lord Jesus Christ in an uncompromising stand on His Word and faith in His eternal salvation. It has been said that although ancient Alexandria became the brains of Christendom, its heart was yet beating at Antioch. The early church at Antioch stood for the proper interpretation of the Holy Scriptures and became synonymous with the literal and historical method.
Antioch Baptist Church was founded on 28 January, 1829 by a small group of dedicated believers who knew it to be their “indispensable duty and great privilege to be set in order as a Church of Jesus Christ”. Eventually after the Civil War, the former slaves who were members of Antioch formed their own congregation on 20 October 1867 and took the same name for their congregation.
Antioch Baptist Church continues to serve the Lord Jesus Christ today. Pastor Brad Jones’ expository preaching method has taken us through several New Testament books and we eagerly look to see where God’s Spirit will lead next as we study His Word. It is exciting that the two congregations named Antioch (we like to call ourselves Antioch "North" and Antioch "South"!) are located close to each other and have plans to work closer together in the future. Both congregations today take opportunities to worship together when they can at annual Bible Conferences, Revivals and other events.
Mission outreach according to Acts 1:8 is close to the heart of the saints of Antioch. We have partnered with a Baptist congregation in the Philippines and we provide support and encouragement to the saints there in that far land. We recently sent sixty hymnals which they badly
needed for worship. We also partner with a mission work in Kentucky (Kentucky Mountain Mission) where we support and help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our local outreach involves teaming with the community in the schools, local festivals, and in personal contact with people to share the love of Christ and His message of repentance and faith leading to salvation.
Today, Antioch Baptist Church continues as her namesake, following Jesus one step at a time.