2. The Church in Judea & Samaria (Transitioning to Gentile Outreach) (Acts 6:8-9:31)
1) Out of those serving faithfully in a subordinate leadership role, the Spirit calls & uses certain of them to sow seeds and advance His mission (6:8-10; 8:5-8).
2) The witness of faithful men unashamed of the message and mission influences the strongest opponent (6:9-8:3).
3) Though they were persecuted and spread out, the Church was not weakened (8:1-4).
4) There was a sense of responsibility for sub leaders to see the Gospel advance beyond their comfort zone (8:4-8; 26-27; 40).
5) There is investigation by leadership into reports of ministry to discern what God was doing and help fill in needed shepherding and also root out false religion (8:14-25).
6) The overseers and sub-leadership worked together—not as micro-managers and not as renegades (8:4-25).
7) There was not a hesitancy to minister since they believed God was working to open eyes (8:4-5; 26-40).
8) Men were filled with faith to disciple outside of their comfort zone (9:10-31).
9) Emerging leaders were given opportunity to serve as they were shepherded (9:26-30).
Acts 9:31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.