Providential Persecution

December 9, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Acts 8:1-4 |

Series:

Northwest Bible Church - Dec. 9, 2018 - Book of Acts - Alan Conner

Acts 8:1-4

Providential Persecution

Intro

A. STEPHEN’S MARTYRDOM IGNITED PERSECUTION (Acts 7:58-60; 8:1, 3).

1. The role of Saul (Acts 7:58; 8:1, 3).

a. The pedigree of Saul.

b. The persecution of Saul (Acts 8:1, 3).

2. The burial of Stephen (Acts 8:2).

3. The persecution spread in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1).

B. PERSECUTION IGNITED DISPERSION (Acts 8:1, 4).

1. The church was scattered throughout Judea and Samaria (Acts 8:1).

2. As OT Israel was dispersed so was the church.

C. DISPERSION IGNITED EVANGELISM (Acts 8:1, 4).

1. Providence and persecution.

2. Persecution and the Great Commission (Acts 8:1, 4).

3. Rank and file evangelism.

Conclusion