A Sermon on Acts 8:4
Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria
Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. (ESV)
Christianity began as a small movement in a vast, often hostile Roman Empire. How did it grow? What factors contributed to it eventually becoming the dominant religion of the empire? Moreover, what may we learn from them as our culture reverts back to a hostile pagan one? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones highlights the vital importance of men like Peter, Paul, and the other apostles as they preached the good news around the empire. Interestingly, he notes the role persecution played in the spread of the Gospel. However, Dr. Lloyd-Jones specifically points to the witness and testimony of ordinary members of the Christian church as being a means God regularly uses to spread the truth about Christ. His text is Acts 8:4, but Dr. Lloyd-Jones comments on how often the Holy Spirit uses ordinary Christians to preach the Word. He emphasizes that the spread of the Gospel comes by the preaching of the Word, not just talking about ourselves. We must consider today how God has used ordinary men and women in ordinary conversation preaching the extraordinary message of Christ to evangelize the world. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones teaches us why “gossiping” the Gospel is of such great importance.