Despite facing persecution that led to imprisonment, murder and consistent oppression, the church endeavored to spread beyond the walls of Jerusalem. Though the message of God has been received by thousands of Jews, a sense of urgency takes hold. The desire to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to those outside the first covenant drives a young man named Phillip. Much like his martyred friend, Stephen, Phillip is a fiery evangelist from the next generation of believers. He has been taking care of the needs of widows and other less fortunate in Jerusalem, but a pull from the Holy Spirit inside him leads him on a journey to Samaria…
In studying persecution worldwide today, we wanted to use a system that lined up with what the Early Church faced. We based this system on the several recorded instances in the Book of Acts, taking from instances between Acts 3 and 12. We use this window as methods of persecution that are recorded after chapter 12 are similar to those found within the 10 chapter sample size. We outlined several of these instances of persecution in Episode 2 last week, which can be read here. To help our readers follow along with our discussion about modern persecution, we outline the types of persecution we found in Acts 3-12. These are general guidelines and are not to be taken as the gospel on the types of persecution. It is simply a general idea of persecution from what we found.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.