Passover to Pentecost to Persecution

Over the years Acts 2 => 9 has been the picture of the early church and has been combed through very carefully for “how it should be done”.  I have always thought that Stephen was stoned and the Apostles beaten because the Devil hated the Church. I have taught and heard sermons on “having everything in common”. I have also heard sermons on how those practices border on Communism, and God was just stopping the problem from growing.  It is truly amazing how we can turn a coin and see true stuff on both sides!

I will not argue either of those points but add this thought into the mix.  First, we need to

look at Acts 1:8 where Jesus reminded the disciples to witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the rest of the world.  Now, we look at Acts 8:1 when the persecution started and the disciples were scattered from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria. I am thinking that Jesus had to “turn things around” and get the disciples to go out and start witnessing. I have a feeling that the Church had gotten too comfortable with how everything was working and was not thinking about “going out”.

They had resources, Leaders, a power base to work from (Jerusalem), and the example Jesus had given them when they were with Him (they had a common purse). (See the topics in Week 4.) I think the Beta Program had and was working in Acts 5 and 6 but everyone was comfy and did not want to leave Jerusalem.

Jesus used what the Devil meant for harm to move the Church into spreading the Gospel.

One thought on “Passover to Pentecost to Persecution

  1. Pingback: Passover to Pentecost to Persecution – Greeks | Mark's Bible Study

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