Friday, September 4
Further Study: Read Ellen G. White “The Gospel in Samaria,” pp. 188-200, in The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 103-111.
“When they were scattered by persecution they went forth filled with missionary zeal. They realized the responsibility of their mission. They knew that they held in their hands the bread of lifer for a famishing world; and they were constrained by the love of Christ to break this bread to all who were in need.”- Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 106.
“And when His disciples were driven form Jerusalem, some found in Samaria a safe asylum. The Samaritans welcomed there messengers of the gospel. And the Jewish converts gathered a precious harvest from among those who had once been their bitterest enemies.” – Pages. 106, 107.
Discussion Questions :
1. As we’ve seen, the gospel breaks down barriers between people. At least, that is the ideal; the reality has at times been radically different. What is it about human beings, even among Christians-among those who understand what we are all the same before God, who understand that the Cross is the great equalizer-that we allow cultural, social, and other barriers to divide us to the great extent that they still do? How can the Sevenths-day Adventist Church, which is so universal, discourage such prejudices?
2. As we saw, the persecution of the early church caused believers to flee, and as a result, the gospel started spreading in ways that it might not have done without persecution. Though God was able to bring good out of it, we must remember that religious persecution is never good, never right, never justified. What should our attitude be toward those who are facing religious persecution, even if we don’t agree with their religious beliefs? (See Luke 6:31).