Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 22, 2019
In the opening verses of this critical chapter of Acts 8, three progressive features show "How God uses Evil for Good", describing: 1) Persecution (v.1–3), which stems from 2) Preaching (v.4-7), which results in 3) Productivity (v.8).
Acts 8:1-8 [8:1] And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.  Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.