Acts: Heart Purification


June 12, 2022


“What did you take away from last time?” [Refer to last week’s responses.] “How did that go?”   

Sermon Summary:  After Stephen’s martyrdom, the church was scattered like seed, bearing fruit wherever it was planted. An encounter with a Samaritan sorcerer revealed what enabled these new Christians to flourish. It was not their beliefs, baptism, influence, location, ethnicity, or even the Spirit’s power, for Simon had all these. What distinguished them was their active proclamation of Jesus and His Kingdom. When we are about God's mission, even our tragedies are transformed into occasions that bless us and others.     


Key Passage: Acts 8:1-25 Discussion 


Truth: The church was scattered after Stephen’s martyrdom. Describe the impact of those refugees-turned-missionaries. Contrast them what Simon the Sorcerer was like. What distinguished these first Christians?                      

Repentance: How do we treat the Holy Spirit like Simon did?               

Faith: It says that Simon believed and was baptized but we know from history that he remained a powerful heretic in the church. What kind of faith delivers us from the evil that is in and around us?                       


Ask God, how can today’s discussion further your relationship with God, one another, and the world? Pray together. [Record responses and prayer requests.]