Acts 21 pivots to the next section of Luke's account of the first 30 years of the Christian church. By now, we are used to Paul's miraculous escapes from opposition and persecution. A new kind of pathway now opens up for Paul, the missionary apostle.
Following the outbreak of persecution, including the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7), many Christians were scattered from Jerusalem, near and far. It seemed disastrous. Despite this, the gospel of Jesus spread rapidly. Philip, one of Stephen's fellow 'deacons', went to Samaria and proclaimed the gospel with great effect. The Jerusalem church responded by 'enlarging their circle' as they sent Peter and John to confirm the new believers in the Holy Spirit. (Please note, bible study questions relating to the sermon can be accessed by clicking on the paperclip icon, found on the right).