Acts 5-7. Early on in Acts everything seems to be going well for the early church – there’s blessing all over the place: people getting healed, thousands added to the church every day. It’s all good. In Acts 7, things start to go a little pear shaped and the church starts to come under some hard-core persecution. To understand what it means to be a Christian you have to understand that the gospel is both attractive and repulsive. Attractive because God’s kingdom is ‘now‘ and repulsive because it’s ‘not yet‘.
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