Acts Week 9 – “Resist, Adopt, or Syncretize?”
In the first part of Acts chapter 8, three responses to the Gospel are clearly laid out. Saul illustrates the first response. He is resistant to the Gospel. He sees the Gospel message as a threat and starts to persecute the church. Phillip and the Samaritans he preaches the Gospel message to represent a second response. They adopt the Gospel message and are filled with joy. The third response is represented by Simon the magician. He wants to use the power of the Holy Spirit in his own quest for power and influence. He tries to syncretize the Gospel. All three of these responses to the Gospel are still possible today.