Because the Book of Acts Doesn't Make Sense Without Persecution

A 9-Week Study Through the Book of Acts

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It's Like Reading the Book of Acts for the First Time

Study the Book of Acts through the lens of persecution—and open your eyes opened like never before…

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What will you learn?

Persecution is part of God’s plan to both grow and spread the gospel.

Who should participate?

Anyone who wants to dig deep into the Scriptures, cares about the Church—and desires to have a faith that’s not safe, settled or comfortable.

How does it work?

Each video session offers unique and in-depth insight on Christian persecution from around the world… Watch the session, then work through the discussion questions on your own or in your group.


Session 1

Introduction: Come Walk Into the Pages of Acts

The Book of Acts tells the exciting story of the best three decades of the early church. Beginning with the ascension of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Acts takes us on a rollercoaster ride of wondrous healings, explosive church growth, and miraculous conversion.

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Session 2

And His Door Is Always Open

We’re starting off this look through Acts in an unexpected place: the end!

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Session 3

And a Cloud Hid Him From Their Sight

At the beginning of the Book of Acts, Jesus gives His disciples the incredibly challenging task of taking the gospel to the ends of the world. Then He just disappears. Into thin air. And yet, this is not desertion. It’s design. It’s Jesus way of saying, “Now, you do the impossible things I did.”

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Session 4

God’s Temple Is Not Built With Human Hands

In chapter 7 of Acts, the first Christian is martyred. Stephen, a Greek-speaking Jew living in Jerusalem, is stoned to death.

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Session 5

It Makes a Smashing

When everything goes wrong, when the growth slows, when the enemies triumph, when all the weaknesses surface, when cancer strikes, when the government tightens up the law, when the bribed judge gets away with it, when the killer walks free.

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Session 6

The Believers Lowered Him in a Basket

In the pitch black, a man is levered out of a window in a four-foot-wide laundry basket. As it reaches the ground, out leaps a balding man in his thirties. He scampers away into the darkness of the Arabian Desert.

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Session 7

They Were Called Christian

Today, the cross is one of the most famous symbols in the world. But the early church didn’t use the symbol very much. They talked about the cross, of course, about its life-and-death message. For the early church, of course, the cross was an instrument of torture and execution. They didn’t depict it in their art.

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Session 8

They Were Tent Makers

The Apostle Paul. That’s how we think of him. His name was Paul, and his job was an ‘apostle.’ But Acts gives us a broader picture. Paul had a trade: he was a tentmaker. This job which gave him the freedom to travel the ancient world spreading the gospel. When you have a dangerous faith, you must be prepared to live on the move.

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Session 9

In Every City Lies Persecution

Chapters 20 and 21 of Acts tell of Paul’s journey back to Jerusalem from Macedonia. Along the way, he stays with Christians in the places he passes through: in Troas, Miletus, Tyre, Ptolemais and Caesarea. And during the journey, he is warned that what he is planning is very dangerous—that he has enemies waiting for him in Jerusalem and that he will be arrested.

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Meet Ron Boyd McMillan

Ronald Boyd-Macmillan is the Director of Research and Strategy for Open Doors International and a Professor of Practical Theology in Lahore, Pakistan. He has 27 years of travel among persecuted Christians on five continents and is the author of Faith that Endures: The Essential Guide to the Persecuted Church.


“This study gave me a fresh perspective on Acts—one that was new to me—even though I’ve grown up in the church and read through the Book of Acts many times.”

“I always thought persecution was only used for evil, but it’s amazing to see how God uses it to spread the gospel from the early church through today.”

“Powerful. Simply powerful.”

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Step into the Book of Acts in a fresh way through this daring study by one of the world’s greatest scholars on Christian persecution. This perspective-changing study will challenge your faith, connect you to the early church and inspire you to walk as they did—in unity and reckless obedience to the way of Jesus.

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