My observation about Act 8:1-4
Act 8:1 And Saul approved of his execution.
1) to be pleased together with, to approve together (with others)
2) to be pleased at the same time with, consent, agree to
2a) to applaud
1) a destroying, killing, murder
And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem,
1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly
1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating
1b) the assembly of the Israelites
1c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously
1d) in a Christian sense
1d1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting
1d2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order’s sake
1d3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body
1d4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth
1d5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven
and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria,
From G1223 and G4687; to sow throughout, that is, (figuratively) distribute in foreign lands: - scatter abroad.
except the apostles.
From G649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (“apostle”), (with miraculous powers): - apostle, messenger, he that is sent.
1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders
1a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ
1b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers
1b1) of Barnabas
1b2) of Timothy and Silvanus
Act 8:2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
From G2875; mourning (properly by beating the breast): - lamentation.
Act 8:3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
1) to affix a stigma to, to dishonour, spot, defile
2) to treat shamefully or with injury, to ravage, devastate, ruin
Act 8:4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
From G2095 and G32; to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel: - declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ): - account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.
Strategic thinking tentang pelayanan (stay or scattered to preach the Gospel)
Back to the basic of the ministry : preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Semua arah, fokus dan tujuan pelayanan ke sana:
Mengabarkan berita Injil keselamatan
Memperlengkapi agar murid2 dewasa dalam Kristus (conformed to His Image)
Preach the Logos