I love lists. Don’t you? They make me feel organized and help me see the big picture. So, as I was going through my Bible reading in Acts, coupled with the Life-Study of Acts, I decided to make a list of some of the patterns of the gospel seen in Acts chapter 8.
Spreading the Gospel through Migration
The first pattern in Acts 8 is the gospel spreading through the scattering of the believers.
They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word.
The fact that the believers were scattered implies migration – moving to various regions, continents, or countries for the sake of and spread of the gospel. If the gospel preaching at that time continued to be carried out solely by the apostles, the gospel would have been limited.Through the believers’ migration, the gospel isn’t limited and God is able to reach people of all tribes, tongues, and nations.
The Lord may give us a burden to move to a particular city or country for the sake of the gospel. We may not be the next Hudson Taylor (the first missionary to the interior of China and founder of the China Inland Mission). However, the Lord still has a way to spread the gospel through each of us wherever we are if we simply cooperate with Him to give Him the way.