(8) ACTS CHAPTER 8

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ACTS CHAPTER 8

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Act 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. Act 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial , and made great lamentation over him. Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Act 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

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I. There was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem A. Note – Saul was consenting unto Stephens’s death B. The church at Jerusalem was scattered abroad (Q. 1, 2) 1. To regions of Judea 2. To regions of Samaria a. Except the Apostles C. After Stephens’s death, devout men carried Stephens’s body to burry him 1. Great lamentation was made for Stephen D. Saul made havoc of the church 1. Saul entered into every house a. Hauling men and women into prison b. The result was that the believers were scattered everywhere (1) Everywhere they were scattered they preached the Word of God (Gospel of Christ) (Q. 3)

1. As a result of Stephens death, what occurred with the church in Jerusalem?:

1. As a result of Stephens death, what occurred with the church in Jerusalem? a. The church built a large building with central air b. The church was scattered abroad c. The church hired more pastoral staff d. The church wrote a book on self improvement

2. Who was left of the church in Jerusalem during the churches persecution?:

2. Who was left of the church in Jerusalem during the churches persecution? a. The poor b. The rich c. The Greeks d. The apostles

3. What was the result of the church being scattered abroad?:

3. What was the result of the church being scattered abroad? a. The gospel was preached everywhere b. The gospel ceased forever since their place of gathering was disrupted c. The gospel could not be preached because there was no more clergy to preach from a pulpit d. The gospel was made more palatable for those who did not really believe in Jesus as messiah

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Act 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Act 8:6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. Act 8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them : and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. Act 8:8 And there was great joy in that city. Act 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: Act 8:10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. Act 8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. Act 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Act 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

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II. Phillip’s preaching to the Samaritans A. Phillip went down into the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them 1. The people of Samaria gave heed unto those things which Phillip spake a. They heard and saw the miracles he did (Q. 4) (1) Unclean spirits crying with a loud voice and coming out of many (2) Many with palsies and who were lame were healed (3) There was great joy in the city of Samaria B. There was though, a certain man by the name of Simon (Q. 5) 1. Who used before in Samaria sorcery 2. Bewitched the people of Samaria 3. Giving out that he as some great one 4. All the people of Samaria gave great heed to this man 5. The people of Samaria would say of this man Simon: a. ‘This man is the great power of God’ 6. To this man they had great regard because he had bewitched them with sorceries C. But, when they of Samaria believed Phillips preaching of the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ: (Q. 6) 1. They of Samaria were all baptized a. Both men and women 2. Simon himself also believed and was baptized (Q. 7) a. Simon continued with Phillip (1) Beholding the miracles and signs which were done

4. What were the three results of Phillips’ preaching in vs. 7 and 8?:

4. What were the three results of Phillips’ preaching in vs. 7 and 8? a. Unclean spirits crying with a loud voice and coming out of many b. Many with palsies and who were lame were healed c. There was great joy in the city of Samaria

5. Describe Simon the sorcerer.:

5. Describe Simon the sorcerer. a. Used before in Samaria sorcery b. Bewitched the people of Samaria c. Giving out that he as some great one that all the people of Samaria gave great heed to this man saying: ‘This man is the great power of God’

6. What two things did the people of Samaria believe when Phillip preached to them?:

6. What two things did the people of Samaria believe when Phillip preached to them? a. Things concerning the Kingdom of God b. The name of Jesus Christ

7. What two things did Simon the sorcerer do when he believed the Gospel preached by Phillip?:

7. What two things did Simon the sorcerer do when he believed the Gospel preached by Phillip? a. He was baptized in water b. He continued with Phillip beholding the miracles done by Phillip

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Act 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Act 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: Act 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Act 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Act 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Act 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Act 8:23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Act 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. Act 8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

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III. The apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God A. The church at Jerusalem sent Peter and John (Q. 8) 1. Upon arriving, they prayed for them that they would receive the Holy Ghost a. For the Holy Ghost had not yet fallen upon any of them b. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (1) The apostles laid hands upon them (2) The Samaritans received the Holy Ghost B. Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given (Q. 9) 1. Simon offered the apostles money for this power saying: a. ‘Give me also this power that on whomsoever I lay hands he may receive the Holy Ghost’ 2. Peter rebuked Simon for saying this saying: (Q. 10) a. ‘Your money perish with you’ (1) ‘Because that you have thought that the Gift of God may be purchased with money’ b. ‘You have neither part nor lot in this matter’ (1) ‘For your heart is not right in the sight of God’ c. ‘Repent therefore of this wickedness’ d. ‘Pray God, if perhaps, the thought of your heart may be forgiven you’ e. ‘For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity’ 3. Simon answered Peter: a. ‘Pray you to the Lord for me that none of those things which you have spoken come upon me’ C. Then after the apostles had testified and preached the Word of the Lord: 1. They returned to Jerusalem 2. They preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans

8. Why did the church in Jerusalem send Peter and John into Samaria after Phillip preached the Gospel of Christ to them?:

8. Why did the church in Jerusalem send Peter and John into Samaria after Phillip preached the Gospel of Christ to them? a. So that Peter and John would pray for the Samaritans that they would receive the Holy Ghost b. Peter and John were bored and need something to keep them busy c. The Samaritans were not fully serving the traditions of the Jews and needed Peter and John to teach them d. There were too many miracles and gifts of the Spirit moving and Peter and John were sent to put that under the control of Church leadership and church programs

HARD QUESTION 9. Scripturally, what did Simon see, or notice with his senses, when people received the Holy Ghost through Peter and John laying hands upon them?:

HARD QUESTION 9. Scripturally, what did Simon see, or notice with his senses, when people received the Holy Ghost through Peter and John laying hands upon them? a. Those people were stinky b. Those people were unclean because of violating the Law of Moses c. Those people had a feeling upon them because they prayed the sinners prayer, got dunked in water, and signed a church membership card d. Those people spoke in tongues

10. Simon the sorcerer offered money to Peter and John for the power to lay hands upon people that they might receive the Holy Ghost. What five things did Peter and John answer Simon the sorcerer for requesting the power of God for a sum of money?:

10. Simon the sorcerer offered money to Peter and John for the power to lay hands upon people that they might receive the Holy Ghost. What five things did Peter and John answer Simon the sorcerer for requesting the power of God for a sum of money? a. Your money perish with you because that you have thought that the Gift of God may be purchased with money b. You have neither part nor lot in this matter for your heart is not right in the sight of God c. Repent therefore of this wickedness d. Pray God, if perhaps, the thought of your heart may be forgiven you e. For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity

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Act 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. Act 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Act 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. Act 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him , and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? Act 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. Act 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. Act 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Act 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

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IV. The angel of the Lord spoke to Phillip A. Saying: ‘Arise and go toward the south unto the way that goes down from Jerusalem unto Gaza which is desert’ 1. Phillip arose and went B. Then behold, a man of Ethiopia appeared a eunuch (Q. 11) 1. A man of great authority 2. Under Candace queen of Ethiopia 3. He was in charge of all the treasure 4. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 5. He was returning from Jerusalem and sitting in his chariot reading the book of Esaias the prophet C. The Holy Spirit then said unto Phillip: 1. ‘Go near and join yourself unto this chariot’ . a. Phillip then ran unto the Ethiopian b. Heard the Ethiopian reading the prophet Esaias c. Then Phillip spoke to the Ethiopian and said: (1) ‘Understand you what you read?’ d. The Ethiopian replied: (1) ‘How can I except some man should guide me?’ (a) The Ethiopian then desired that Phillip should come up and sit with him e. The place where the Ethiopian read was: (Q. 12) (1) ‘He was led as a sheep to the slaughter’ (2) ‘Like a lamb dumb before his shearer’ (3) ‘So opened not his mouth’ (4) ‘In his humiliation his judgment was taken away’ (5) ‘Who shall declare his generation?’ (6) ‘For his life was taken from the earth’ f. The Ethiopian then again said unto Phillip: (1) ‘I pray you, of whom speaks the prophet of this?’ (a) ‘Of himself or of some other man?’ g. Phillip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture in Esaias: (Q. 13) (1) Preached unto the Ethiopian Jesus

11. Describe the Ethiopian eunuch. :

11. Describe the Ethiopian eunuch. a. A man of great authority b. Under Candace queen of Ethiopia c. He was in charge of all the treasure d. He had come to Jerusalem to worship e. He was returning from Jerusalem and sitting in his chariot reading the book of Esaias the prophet

12. What passage in Isaiah was the Ethiopian eunuch reading from?:

12. What passage in Isaiah was the Ethiopian eunuch reading from? Answer: Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

13. When Phillip began reading from Isaiah with the Ethiopian eunuch, what did Phillip begin to teach?:

13. When Phillip began reading from Isaiah with the Ethiopian eunuch, what did Phillip begin to teach? a. Phillip preached purpose driven life b. Phillip preached denominational dogma c. Phillip preached Jesus d. Phillip preached the Law of Moses and the traditions of the Jews

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Act 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. Act 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. Act 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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D. And as they went on their way they came to certain water 1. The eunuch then said: a. ‘See water, what does hinder me from being baptized?’ 2. Phillip then replied: a. ‘If you believe with all of your heart, you may’ 3. The eunuch replied to Phillip: (Q. 14) a. ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God’ E. The eunuch then commanded that the chariot to stand still 1. They both went down into the water 2. Phillip baptized the eunuch F. When they had come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Phillip 1. The eunuch then saw Phillip no more 2. The eunuch went away rejoicing G. Phillip was found again at Azotus 1. Passing through he preached in all the cities a. Phillip preached until he came to Caesarea

14. How did the Ethiopian eunuch respond to Phillip’s preaching of Jesus?:

14. How did the Ethiopian eunuch respond to Phillip’s preaching of Jesus? a. He said that he believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God b. He prayed a silent prayer that on he and God could hear c. He signed a church membership card d. He openly kept the Sabbath

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