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Acts 8:1-3

Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem

John 8:1-3
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but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
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Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
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The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst

1 Now Saul was consenting to his death.

At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

  1. Who consented to the death of Stephen?v 1 "Now Saul was consenting to his death.
  2. What happened at that time? v 1 "At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem.
  3. Where were the disciples scattered? v 1 "they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria.
  4. Who was not scattered with them? v 1 "except the apostles.
  5. What did devout men do? v 2 "devout men carried Stephen to his burial.
  6. How did Saul (later to be called Paul), raise havoc with the church? v 3 "Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

Acts 8:4-8

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them

4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.
  1. Where did those who were scattered go preaching the word? v 4
  2. Where did Philip preach Christ? v 5 "those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word..
  3. Who heeded the things spoken by Philip? v 6 "And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip.
  4. What did the multitudes hear and see? v 6 "hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
  5. How did unclean spirits come out of many who were possessed? v 7 "unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; .
  6. Who was healed? v 8 "and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
  7. Where was there great joy? v 8 "And there was great joy in that city.
Acts 8:9-13

Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done

9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, 10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
  1. Who had previously practiced sorcery in the city? v 9 "a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery.
  2. How had the people of Samaria responded to Simon? v 9 "and astonished the people of Samaria.
  3. What had he been claiming? v 10 "claiming that he was someone great.
  4. Why did they heed him? v 11 "they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.
  5. After Philip preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, what did both men and women do? v 12 "both men and women were baptized.
  6. Who else believed? v 13 "Then Simon himself also believed.
  7. Who did Simon continue with? v 13 "and when he was baptized he continued with Philip.
Acts 8:14-17}

When the apostles who were at Jerusalem sent Peter and John to Samaria, that they might receive the Holy Spirit

14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
  1. Why did the apostles who were at Jerusalem send Peter and John to Samaria? v 14 "when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God.
  2. When they came down, what did they do? v 15 "hen they had come down, prayed for them.
  3. Why did they pray for them? v 16 "that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
  4. What only had they been baptized in? v 16"They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
  5. After they laid hands on them, what did they receive? 17 "they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:18-25

When Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money

18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”

25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

  1. When Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, what did he offer them? v 18-19 "he offered them money.
  2. What did he want in return? v 19 "saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”.
  3. How did Peter respond to Simon? v 20 "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money.
  4. What did Simon think he could do? v 20 "because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money.
  5. Why did Peter say that Simon had no part in this matter? v 21 "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
  6. Why did Peter tell him to repent? v 22 "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
  7. What did Peter see in Simon? v 23 "For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.
  8. How did Simon answer? v 24 "“Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”.
  9. Where did Peter and John go when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord? 25 "they returned to Jerusalem.
  10. What did they do on the way? 25 "preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
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