How did persecution affect the preaching of the gospel?


"And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were
all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. . . . Therefore they
that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the Word." Acts 8: 1-4.
NOTE - " Persecution has only had a tendency to extend and establish the faith which it was
designed to destroy. . . . There is no lesson which men have been so slow to learn as that to oppose and
persecute men is the very way to confirm them in their opinions, and to spread their doctrines.' - Dr. Albert
Barnes, on Acts 4 :4.

What is Christ to one renewed after God's image?
Does the Bible recognize what may be called \"present truth\"?
If John, therefore, referred to a day of the week, on what day must he have been in the Spirit?
What did the dragon give this beast?
How are the character, work, period of supremacy, and great power of the beast described?
By what title is the first state of the church distinguished?
By what title does the Psalmist address God?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle