The persecution of christians in the new testament is an important part of the early christian narrative which depicts the early church as being persecuted for their heterodox beliefs by a jewish establishment in what was then the roman province of judea the new testament, especially the gospel of john c. The rest of the book of acts will document this spread. The beheading of james and the imprisonment of peter. New heart english bible saul was consenting to his death. This reading plan explores the major concepts that luke addressed as he unfolded the unhindered spread of the gospel of gods kingdom in the days of the early church. Chapter 8 opens with the severe persecution of the church in jerusalem and. Biblically speaking, there is no absolute promise that persecution will always grow the church, but there are many examples where it does. In later chapters of acts, the writer uses the firstperson plural narrative, we. Saul and barnabas journeyed over 1,400 miles 2,250 kilometers on this first mission, teaching the gospel in areas where people had never heard it before.
In the case of the early church, it took persecution to drive the church beyond the narrow confines of jerusalem and out into the wider world. The book of acts is the only historical record of the birth and early days following christs establishing his church. Persecution and scattering of the church sauls persecution 1 saul was in hearty agreement with. The nineteenthcentury archaeologist william ramsay started his career as a thoroughgoing skeptic, but after many years of examining the relevant evidence, much of which he himself had unearthed. Paul and barnabas taught in the synagogue in iconium. The book of acts is an eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the church.
Since stephens sermon was a statement of judgment against the leadership of israel for their resistance to the holy spirit. In fact, 2000 years ago the book of acts was written in part to answer this. Based on your assigned bible reading, match the chapter to. We now learn in acts 8 that this saul takes the persecution further in jerusalem. The book of acts course a, lesson 1 free bible study. Luke also mentions that the gospel was impacting the higher levels of. First, verse 1b shows us that god makes persecution serve the great commission. The book of acts was written to provide a history of the early church.
For you have heard of my former life in judaism, how i persecuted the church of god violently and tried to destroy it. Acts chapter 10 peters sermon in the house of cornelius 5. This shows that persecution of the church is usually not for the bad. Never again in the bible do we read that they were opened.
Anytime you find a christianity that is not doing this, it is a false christianity acts 112, birth of the body vision house, p. In chapter 21 paul returns to jerusalem, followed by an uproar in the temple. While acts is a record of history, luke weaves many theological themes into these stories to teach us about god and his mission. Overview of persecution in the book of acts april 3 march 1.
Many times in our walk with the lord, when circumstances are not going the way we think they should go, we ask the lord to take these bad circumstances. Acts chapter 4 defense before the religious council 4. In fact, you can join me in praying for tim, his family, and his church family. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in.
Cities paul visited on his first missionary journey. In this portion of scripture we will see several challenging lessons for christian service. Beginning in this chapter, luke brings the church and its inner workings to. The acts of the apostles camp hill church of christ. Acts records the apostles being christs witnesses in jerusalem, judea, samaria, and the surrounding world. Persecution of christians in the new testament wikipedia. Overview of persecution in the book of acts blogger. He shows us how god is working and speaking in this story and our own stories. At the end of the chapter, we learned of a young man named saul who was there observing the stoning of stephen.
The book of acts was likely written between ad 61 and 64. Based on your assigned bible reading, match the chapter to the event. Acts 8 is the eighth chapter of the acts of the apostles in the new testament of the christian bible. The book of acts, he says is the record of men and women possessed by jesus christ and manifesting his life every day. The acts of the apostles is a unique and therefore crucial book of the new testament. Rejection of the gospel and persecution of its messengers, however, worked to. In chapter 22 we find out that ananias preached the gospel to paul and. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of judea. The offering sent by barnabas and saul to the jerusalem elders. As we move forward with the acts studies, i want to reemphasize something of importance.
How does god use persecution to strengthen and advance his. This first missionary journey resulted in the establishment of branches of the church in areas far removed from jerusalem and samaria see acts 1. Acts 12 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire bible because of this reality that persecution is real and is a part of the christian life, but also it goes to show that god is god. Apostles is often called the gospel of the holy spirit, for in chapter one jesus. As mentioned in the introduction, you may be wondering what the answers are to several questions that this lesson has raised. Acts chapter 5 persecution a result of the hatred aimed at jesus 3. Saul begins to persecute the church now on that day a great persecution began against the church in jerusalem, and all except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions of judea and samaria. It is a record of amazing accuracy, without any proven flaw. It records the burial of stephen, the beginnings of christian persecution, and the spread of the gospel of jesus christ to the people of samaria and ethiopia. Without this historical record, little would be known about the expansion of the church. Overview of persecution in the book of acts in acts 1.
This applies primarily to christs death, but also to pauls sufferings and those of believers. His speech can be divided into segments that cover different aspects of israels history. Kelhoffer spends part of his book persecution, persuasion and power arguing that persecution in luke acts is used by the author to accomplish three things. We pick up the story in chapter 9 with the introduction of saul, an early persecutor of the church. The emphasis of the book is the fulfillment of the great commission. In the book of acts, we discover how gods multiethnic, international church grew through persecution and missionary journeys throughout the world. Kelhoffer spends part of his book persecution, persuasion and power arguing that persecution in lukeacts is used by the author to accomplish three things. This persecution is directly related to the death of stephen in chapter 7. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at jerusalem.
In our study today we will see how that real and severe persecution finally came upon the church at large in jerusalem, and we will see also how that god used that persecution for good. It is clear that lukes focus in chapter 28 is not on pauls fate but the progress of the gospel. In one chapter acts 12 james the apostle is put to death by herod and peter is miraculously rescued from herods prison and certain death. The title as we know it comes from the second century and only partially discloses the theme of. Acts shows what the early church believed and practiced. Acts of the apostles 128 the transition into the church age. After all, jesus said his disciples who are persecuted on his account are blessed matthew 5. The book of acts the book of acts, also called the acts. The book of acts is full of historical details that have been verified by modern research. It was january 8th in 1956, a long time ago, when five notable missionaries were massacred in ecuador by a tribe of people that have become known as auca indians. The author of the book of hebrews provides a summary statement of that. The book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early christian tradition uniformly affirmed that luke composed this book as well as. He is the one who does the work and brings the growth, not by any works that we can do or think of.
It alone presents an extensive picture of early church life and history. There are no guarantees that a believer will escape, or. The persecution and endurance of christians, part 1. A great persecution arose against the church which was in jerusalem in that day. Persecution strikes the church, part 3 stephens speech before the sanhedrin 7. Scott cunningham did a through study on a theology of persecution in luke acts and he came to six conclusions. Luke the physician writes in the book of acts that there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of judea and samaria, except the apostles acts 8. Chapter 1 has provided the background and set the scene for the events of chapter 2. How persecution purifies the church and spreads the gospel. There are no guarantees that a believer will escape, or any one church will survive see e. Print off this free childrens sunday school lesson about the persecution that broke out against the early church in acts 8. But doing that will do damage to a true study of acts. There are no simplistic explanations of suffering and persecution in acts.
The samaritans didnt receive the holy spirit when they first believed in christ as savior. After clicking register, you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Here are some of the key themes that luke highlights for. There is violent and widespread persecution of the church by saul. The book of acts tells how the multiethnic, international. The book does not close with the end of pauls life or martyrdom but with paul, proclaiming the kingdom of god and teaching about jesus christ with all boldness and without. After stephens martyrdom, a great persecution arose against the church in jerusalem, and saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house. It is always tempting to want to read our own belief systems back into early church history. Third, god uses persecution to advance the gospel and grow his kingdom in the world. The book of acts, also called the acts of the apostles, is the companion volume to the gospel of luke. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided.367 1066 1479 1486 1356 390 435 573 974 342 934 927 615 1405 1242 1303 1521 809 1373 345 793 264 1089 882 908 413 917 268 110 496 982 516 248 591 269 155