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When we live for Jesus effectively, there are two responses. 1. People repent and Trust in Jesus Christ. 2. People attack the messenger of Gospel.


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Chapter 8 Persecution & Proclamation


Physician , Well educated. Used his education to write accurate history of early Church. Luke & Acts.


Acts 7 Stephen just preached a powerful sermon and people were cut to the heart. Response : They killed him.


Saul leading the charge. [Act 8:1 ESV] And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. [Act 8:2 ESV] Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. [Act 8:3 ESV] But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.


Speak where God has you. [Act 8:4 ESV] Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.


The Adventures of Philip, The Apostle. Going to the controversial Samaria. [Act 8:5 ESV] Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. [Act 8:6 ESV] And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. [Act 8:7 ESV] For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. [Act 8:8 ESV] So there was much joy in that city.


A messy start for Simon. [Act 8:9 ESV] But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. [Act 8:10 ESV] They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called Great." [Act 8:11 ESV] And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.


He was like the “great and powerful wizard of Oz”   [Act 8:12 ESV] But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. [Act 8:13 ESV] Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.


The Apostles come to Samaria [Act 8:14 ESV] Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, [Act 8:15 ESV] who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, [Act 8:16 ESV] for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus . [Act 8:17 ESV] Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit .


So were the Samaritans saved before the Apostles arrived? It takes the Holy Spirit to believe in Jesus. YES! The Samaritans were considered really bad by Jews. God was making a specific point by making sure the Apostles observed the Holy Spirit accepted the Samaritans


Simon gets Rebuked [ Act 8:18 ESV] Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, [Act 8:19 ESV] saying, "Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." [Act 8:20 ESV] But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! [Act 8:21 ESV] You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. [Act 8:22 ESV] Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. [Act 8:23 ESV] For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity." [Act 8:24 ESV] And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."


So is Simon a real Christian or not? Can a Christian do something really sinful! Yes! It’s even more sinful when a Christian sins, than a lost person. How do we know Simon is a Christian? Acts 8:13.   ** Church tradition says Simon became a heretic. Because this history is more questionable, it is safe to lean on the historicity of the Scripture.


Specific Marching Orders, without the big Picture [Act 8:25 ESV] Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. [Act 8:26 ESV] Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place. [Act 8:27 ESV] And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship [Act 8:28 ESV] and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.


Go to this road, 2. Walk next to that chariot.   [Act 8:29 ESV] And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot." [Act 8:30 ESV] So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" [Act 8:31 ESV] And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. [Act 8:32 ESV] Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. [Act 8:33 ESV] In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth." [Act 8:34 ESV] And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else ?“ Isaiah 53


[ Act 8:35 ESV] Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. [Act 8:36 ESV] And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?" [Act 8:38 ESV] And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. [Act 8:39 ESV] And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. [Act 8:40 ESV] But Philip found himself at Azotus , and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.


Remember our Great Commission? [Mat 28:18 ESV] And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [Mat 28:19 ESV] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [Mat 28:20 ESV] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


Matt 28:18-20


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