“Now when the apostles
Heard that Samaria
The word of God,
Ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ ἐν Ἱεροσολύμοις ἀπόστολοι ὅτι δέδεκται ἡ Σαμάρια τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀπέστειλαν πρὸς αὐτοὺς Πέτρον καὶ Ἰωάνην,
The author of Acts indicated that when the apostles at Jerusalem (δὲ οἱ ἐν Ἱεροσολύμοις ἀπόστολοι) heard (Ἀκούσαντες) that Samaria (ἡ Σαμάρια) had accepted (ὅτι δέδεκται) the word of God (τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ), they sent (ἀπέστειλαν) Peter (Πέτρον) and John (καὶ Ἰωάνην) to them (πρὸς αὐτοὺς). Samaria was not that far from Jerusalem, so that the apostles sent Peter and John to see what was going on. They might have done this on their own accord, since they were the leaders of the Christian community in Jerusalem. They were there to see how these non-Jewish Samaritan Christians had accepted Jesus. Do you think that Christian leaders should check up on what is going on in their churches?