Acts 8:3-8 (NKJV)
"As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city."
1. Will there not be great joy in our cities, communities, and Churches when people are set free from the oppression of the devil?
THEY FOLLOWED THE PATTERN OF JESUS MINISTRY:
Matthew 10:1,7-8 (AMP)
"AND JESUS summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity. And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give."
JESUS WAY OF GROWING HIS CHURCH:
Acts 2:41-43 (NKJV)
"Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles."
REVIVAL BROKE OUT IN ANTIOCH BY THE SCATTERED PERSECUTED CHURCH:
Acts 11:19,21 (NKJV)
"Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord."