The Gospel Spreads Beyond Jerusalem (Acts 8:4-24)

The Gospel Spreads Beyond Jerusalem Acts 8

Acts 8:4-24

I. The responsibility of every Christian to evangelize

    A. It wasn’t the apostles who scattered and preached outside Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 4; Colossians 1:23)
    B. A perpetual commission (Hebrews 5:12-14; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)

II. The gospel is for all mankind

    A. Not just those who look and act like us (Acts 8:5; John 4:9, 20, 25)
    B. The reaction (Acts 8:6-7, 12) was joyous (Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34; 15:3)
    C. It is even for those that we don’t think will obey (Acts 8:9-13)

III. The possibility of apostasy…and restoration!

    A. Simon shows immaturity (Acts 8:14-19)
    B. Peter’s rebuke (Acts 8:20-23)
    C. Simon’s opportunity to repent (Acts 8:22, 24)

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