The Book of Facts
A Sermon on Acts 8:1-5
Saul Ravages the Church
And Saul approved of his execution.
And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
Philip Proclaims Christ in Samaria
Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. (ESV)
Is Christianity really a fact? Was it founded like other religions or are its roots anchored to something eternal? The world asks many questions about Christianity, and thankfully we have God's inerrant Word to teach us. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Acts 8:1-5 and teaches the history of God's actions in history. Christianity exists because of events that happened in time and space, the primary event being the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Scripture does not end the account there, but promises the Spirit to indwell his own. This coming of the Holy Spirit was a true event that enabled the Church to faithfully and boldly proclaim the Gospel to the whole world. Those who seek to disconnect the Christian message from the actual historical facts are actually distorting and rejecting the true message of Christianity as it was taught by Jesus and the Apostles. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches, you cannot reject the facts of Christianity without also rejecting the truth revealed in Scripture. For the world’s greatest problem is its sin and coming judgement of God, but through the Gospel all who believe will be saved.