Joy In The Face of Persecution – Acts 8:1-8

Joy In The Face of Persecution – Acts 8:1-8

Open your Bible to Acts 8

Let’s read starting in Acts 8, verse 1

Acts 8: after the death of Stephen, the first martyr, Saul begins ravages the Church
Acts 8: after the death of Stephen, the first martyr, Saul begins ravages the Church

Now Saul approved of putting Stephen to death.

And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles. Some devout men buried Stephen, and mourned loudly for him. But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and he would drag away men and women and put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

Therefore, those who had been scattered went through places preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the Christ to them. The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what was being said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing. For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed or limped on crutches were healed. So there was much rejoicing in that city.

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