The mission heat has reached boiling point as Christians are forced to leave Jerusalem. Philip preaches the good news in Samaria where many believe. The inclusion of the Samaritans is confirmed by the gift of the Spirit witnessed by the Apostles.
Persecution has been slowly ramping up against the God's people in Acts so far. In Acts 7 it escalates to the point of death as we meet the first Christian martyr, Stephen.
Stephen was the first martyr. But he isn’t the last. In his dying words he issues a rousing wake up call to get on board with God's program.
There are so many things that need to be done in the life of a church, but the Word of God and prayer must remain the priority.
The Word ministry must not be neglected, but in order for that to happen, the church needs godly leaders to oversee other ministries in order for all to be cared for and the lost saved.
Persecution against the church increases as the Apostles learn what it is to suffer along-side their Saviour.
The mission of the risen Jesus is God's mission. His hand is seen in the signs and wonders, the angel who provides escape and Gamaliel, all who provide the apostles freedom to preach.
The honeymoon period of the church in Acts comes to a sudden end as God breaks out in judgment against a couple who try to deceive his church.
The early church is marked by radical and sacrificial generosity in which no member had any needs. This idealism is undermined by the sin of one couple who hypocritically lied to the apostles and the Spirit of God experiencing immediate judgment.
Having just healed a cripple man in the name of Jesus, Peter and John are arrested while preaching. In this passage, we witness their Spirit-empowered boldness as they proclaim Jesus is Lord. We see clearly that nothing can nor will stop God from building his church, not even persecution.