Acts 8



This chapter showcases the impact of persecution on the early church's spread and the inclusion of Samaritans and Gentiles in the expanding Christian community. Philip's evangelistic efforts, including the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch, demonstrate the inclusivity of the gospel message.


  1. Persecution Scatters Believers (Acts 8:1-4): Following the martyrdom of Stephen, a great persecution arises against the church in Jerusalem. Believers are scattered throughout Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles. Saul (later known as the Apostle Paul) plays a significant role in this persecution.
  2. Philip in Samaria (Acts 8:5-25): Philip, one of the seven chosen in Acts 6, goes to Samaria and preaches Christ. The people respond with joy, and many are healed. A magician named Simon believes and is baptized. Peter and John come to Samaria to impart the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.
  3. Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40): An angel instructs Philip to go south, where he encounters an Ethiopian eunuch reading from the book of Isaiah. Philip explains the Scriptures, and the eunuch, understanding the message about Jesus, requests baptism. After baptizing him, Philip is miraculously taken away, continuing his journey to preach the gospel.