Acts 8 v 4

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Here are the slides to accompany last Sunday's sermon on Acts 8 at Grace, Llandeilo. Find the video on YouTube!

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Acts 8 v 4

  1. 1. Welcome to Grace … Happy New Year!“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went …” Acts 8:4
  2. 2. Acts 8:4• Introduction“Those who had been scattered preached the Word wherever they went.”
  3. 3. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation
  4. 4. Acts 6Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wondersand miraculous signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however,from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia andAsia. These men began to argue with Stephen, 10 but they could not standup against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heardStephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.”12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of thelaw. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 Theyproduced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stopsspeaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heardhim say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change thecustoms Moses handed down to us.”15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, andthey saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
  5. 5. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation – Stephen
  6. 6. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation – Stephen – Diaspora (Acts 8:1-3) “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”
  7. 7. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation – Stephen – Diaspora – Intentional evangelism (Acts 8:4) “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”
  8. 8. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message
  9. 9. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message – They preached the Word οἱ μὲ ν οὖ ν διασπαρέ ντες διῆ λθον εὐ αγγελιζό μενοι τὸ ν λό γον
  10. 10. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message – They preached the Word – Variety … ‘ο λό γος
  11. 11. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message – They preached the Word – Variety – Appropriateness to context
  12. 12. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message – They preached the Word – Variety – Appropriateness to context • Appropriate to the preacher • Appropriate to the hearer • Appropriate to the message itself
  13. 13. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip
  14. 14. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria … & Simon the pagan
  15. 15. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria … & Simon the pagan • The message is Jesus, v. 5
  16. 16. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria … & Simon the pagan • The message is Jesus, v. 5 • The message creates its own interest, v. 6
  17. 17. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria … & Simon the pagan • The message is Jesus, v. 5 • The message creates its own interest, v. 6 • The effect of Him is COSMIC, v. 7
  18. 18. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria … & Simon the pagan • The message is Jesus, v. 5 • The message creates its own interest, v. 6 • The effect of Him is COSMIC, v. 7 • The outcome is joyful, v. 8
  19. 19. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria … & Simon the pagan • The message is Jesus, v. 5 • The message creates its own interest, v. 6 • The effect of Him is COSMIC, v. 7 • The outcome is joyful, v. 8 • The results are always mixed, v. 9 ff.
  20. 20. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria – A desert road in Southern Judea … a God fearing Ethiopian
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  22. 22. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria – A desert road in Southern Judea … a God fearing Ethiopian • Dependence on the direction of God, v. 26-29
  23. 23. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria – A desert road in Southern Judea … a God fearing Ethiopian • Dependence on the direction of God, v. 26-29 • Asking open questions, v. 30
  24. 24. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria – A desert road in Southern Judea … a God fearing Ethiopian • Dependence on the direction of God, v. 26-29 • Asking open questions, v. 30 • Answering questions on the Bible, v. 34 ff.
  25. 25. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria – A desert road in Southern Judea … a God fearing Ethiopian • Dependence on the direction of God, v. 26-29 • Asking open questions, v. 30 • Answering questions on the Bible, v. 34 ff. • Calling directly for conversion
  26. 26. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip – A city in Samaria – A desert road in Southern Judea – And onwards … Azotus to Caesarea
  27. 27. Acts 8:4• Introduction• The situation• The message• Two worked examples with Phillip• Conclusion

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