Acts 8:4 — What does it mean to ‘proclaim the gospel’?

In Acts 8:4 we read about "preaching the gospel," but the phrase has become so overused that many don’t know what it means to preach and what "news" they’re preaching.

Food for thought from the recorded discussion

Recap of Acts 7:57-8:3: How did Stephen’s life end? How was his end similar to Yeshua’s?

What is the Greek word ekklesia? What does it mean? How is it used? What Hebrew words have a similar meaning (Judges 21:8; Josh. 8:35)?

How many times is the term synagogue used in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures, to refer to an assembly or group? Based on the Hebrew terms, what are we "called out" to do? What do we do when we get together?

Acts 8:3 — Who is Saul? What is his Hebrew name? What does his name mean? What does he do after Stephen’s death?

Acts 8:4 — What does the phrase “preaching the word” mean? Why is it used so often? What is the Hebrew word for the same phrase? How do we see the Hebrew word used? 

What is "the gospel"? What was “new” and “fresh” about their message? 

Why should we care about the Messiah (Romans 5; Eph. 2:13-18)? How do people obtain peace with God? What is the “wrath of God”?

Speaker: Jeff.


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