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.

Who, therefore, did the speaking through these men?
When David confessed his sin, what did he say God did?
What is the great purpose of Christ in His work of reconciliation?
What did Moses set forth as the basis of righteousness?
How did Pilate comply with their request?
What cheering message has Christ sent to His people touching His resurrection?
In connection with what historical event was the old covenant made?

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