Acts 8: 1 – 8 The church persecuted and scattered

Acts 8: 1 – 8 The church persecuted and scattered On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house,Continue reading “Acts 8: 1 – 8 The church persecuted and scattered”

Acts 7: 44 – 60, 8: 1 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 4

Acts 7: 44 – 60, 8: 1 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 4 Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it withContinue reading “Acts 7: 44 – 60, 8: 1 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 4”

Acts 7: 30 – 43 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 3

Acts 7: 30 – 43 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 3 ‘After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look,Continue reading “Acts 7: 30 – 43 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 3”

Acts 7: 17 – 29 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 2

Acts 7: 17 – 29 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 2 ‘As the time drew near for God to fulfil his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. Then “a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt”. He dealt treacherously with ourContinue reading “Acts 7: 17 – 29 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 2”

Acts 7: 1 – 16 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 1

Acts 7: 1 – 16 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 1 Then the high priest asked Stephen, ‘Are these charges true?’ To this he replied: ‘Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. “Leave yourContinue reading “Acts 7: 1 – 16 Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin – Part 1”

Acts 6: 8 – 15 Stephen seized

Acts 6: 8 – 15 Stephen seized Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 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 and AsiaContinue reading “Acts 6: 8 – 15 Stephen seized”

Acts 6: 1 – 7 The choosing of the seven

Acts 6: 1 – 7 The choosing of the seven 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. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would notContinue reading “Acts 6: 1 – 7 The choosing of the seven”