It’s good to know things. As the old maxim goes, ignorance is not an excuse. If you’re caught for going eighty in a sixty zone, not knowing the limit does not excuse your actions. You’re culpable regardless.
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.
Stephen is a classic example of a good person who got in the way of evil. Whilst his end was tragic, he died a glorious death - one committed to Jesus.
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.
Who’s voice is the loudest in your life? Who’s voice shapes the way you act? The only way to be solid and stable in life is to make sure you are attuned to Jesus’ voice.
Peter slows down this week in order to look at signs and wonders more closely. He deals with what they are, what their purpose is, and their relevance for today.