Under the heavy hand of Saul’s persecution, the church scatters and the gospel goes forward to Samaria. Here we encounter a clash of kingdoms as the gospel infiltrates into deep-seated darkness & the Samaritans are brought into the fellowship as co-equal recipients of the Holy Spirit.
With growth comes problems - tricky ones. In the middle of the steep growth of the early church, the needs of widows arises and threatens to become a significant barrier to God’s continued work. The apostles lead the church in grappling with this problem and the ongoing growth of the church continues.