ACTS Sermon Recap: The Scattering of the Gospel

This week, we looked at Acts 8: 1-8, when, as church begins to be persecuted, people start to flee from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria. Stephen had just been martyred, but instead of being bitter towards God and all that is happening to them, the Christians that fled Jerusalem mourned their friend and then continued to preach the good news of Christ.

“Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ…So there was much joy in that city.” Acts 8: 5,8

It is with God’s help that we can have joy in our trials and continue proclaiming his name despite what may have happened to us. Suffering is one of the most difficult things to get through, and we will often hide it and pretend that we are fine. But we are not fine and often that leads to the question of does God cause suffering or allow it? However, whatever the answer is to this question, it misses the focus that we should have throughout our life.  God USES our suffering. By continuing to have joy in the Lord and hope in our future through his sacrifice for us, we can bring glory to His name and bless others who are going through suffering without the knowledge and acceptance of the love of Christ. This is what the disciples did and because of the strength they received from God, they can be rid of bitterness and anger, living with joy and peace, and this is what separates them from others. This fact sets them apart and proclaims their faith to those around them. It is in our reaction to struggles and trials that sets us apart and shows others who is Lord over our lives. It is not our struggles that rule us, but God who loves and delights in us, and he uses our struggles for his glory.

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The Choosing of the Seven

As the apostles continue the spreading the Gospel of Christ, they realize that the movement is growing much larger than they had anticipated. They wisely seek out 7 more men full of wisdom and the Spirit and commission them to be ambassadors of the Gospel alongside them.

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Scripture:Acts 6:1-7

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Acts Sermon Recap: Choosing of the 7

Church is not a place; it’s us…a group of believers who come together to serve God’s kingdom. Sometimes we forget. We go to church on Sundays and allow ourselves to get lost throughout the week until it’s time, once again, to go to church. What Jesus called us to was a change of lifestyle, to be fully committed to carrying our crosses and follow Him. And as we learned through this Acts series, we are reminded of our calling.

Earlier in Acts, we learned that within this community, there is a collection of the common fund which is distributed to the needs of the people. And as we learned, God called them to give up everything to Him, even their monetary needs and prized possessions, because the focus needed to be centered on God. In this next chapter, the basis of the story starts out that there’s a problem:

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.” (Acts 6:1)

And as the problem is presented, the church stepped into resolving the issue.

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