by Rev. Vince Finnegan on June 14, 2009
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Acts 7:54-60 Stephen was ordained along with Philip in Acts 6.

Acts 8:1 In the Church, the Hellenists (the group in which Stephen had been a leader) formed the main target of attack, and they were the ones for the most part who were compelled to leave Jerusalem. "Scattered" is a form of the Greek word diaspeiro which implies a deliberate plan moving forward rather than scattered like ants.

Acts 8:4 As a result of the persecution, they preached with more determination and commitment. They did not cower; rather, they were more aggressive.

V.5 The persecution helped to bring about what Jesus told the apostles on the day of his ascension which is recorded in Acts 1:8.

Acts 8:9 God's perspective regarding magic and the black arts is clear. Deuteronomy 18:9-14

Acts 8:10 People are very attracted to the supernatural.

V.12 Philip preached Christ and the Kingdom of God. They were baptized in water.

V.15 One of the tragic realities in the Church is an emphasis on water baptism and not the baptism of the holy spirit. In the book of Acts, the emphasis was switched. Acts 1:5; 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6 and 1 Corinthians 12-14

Acts 8:16 In Acts 19, again, we see that those who were water baptized did not receive the spirit and they should have. Acts 10:44 and 11:5

Acts 8:18 The only way Simon could have seen that they received the holy spirit is they manifested it. 1Corinthains 12:7-11

Acts 8:24 Simon still needed to change. Believing that Jesus is the Christ does not mean he is Lord of your life in every aspect.

V.26 Philip had a willingness to be led by the spirit.

V.35 When we have a heart to speak, God opens doors to speak.

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