After Stephen’s death, the church was persecuted and scattered, but God used it for good, causing the word to preached wherever the believers went!

BibleGateway: Acts 8:1-8

ESV Text: Acts 8:1-8


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:4

     1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea 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 havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

     4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 507:
Spread, Oh, Spread, Thou Mighty Word

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— Organ Audio

1. Spread, oh, spread, thou mighty Word, 
Spread the kingdom of the Lord, 
Wheresoe’er His breath has giv’n 
Life to beings meant for heav’n. 

2. Tell them how the Father’s will 
Made the world and keeps it still, 
How His only Son He gave 
Man from sin and death to save. 

3. Tell of our Redeemer’s love, 
Who forever doth remove 
By His holy sacrifice 
All the guilt that on us lies. 

4. Tell them of the Spirit giv’n 
Now to guide us up to heav’n, 
Strong and holy, just and true, 
Working both to will and do. 

5. Up! The ripening fields ye see. 
Mighty shall the harvest be; 
But the reapers still are few, 
Great the work they have to do. 

6. Lord of Harvest, let there be 
Joy and strength to work for Thee 
Till the nations far and near 
See Thy light and learn Thy fear.