Persistence in the face of Persecution

              Text: Acts 5:14-42

 

Pushback

     When God is at work, there will always be resistance.

          Multitudes were believing in the Lord Jesus

          The religious leaders became jealous

          The apostles were arrested and jailed

 

Providence

    God is always at work in the circumstances of His people

          An angel released the apostles

          The angel instructed them to preach again

          The apostles returned to preaching

 

Power Politics

     The systems of this world will always be hostile to the gospel

          The apostles were apprehended

          The apostles were questioned

          The apostles were flogged

 

Principled Perseverance

     Obey God rather than man, but make sure the emphasis
      is on the saving work of Jesus

          The apostles would not stop preaching about Jesus

 

Persecution Party

     True persecution is cause for rejoicing, not complaint!

          All opposition is NOT persecution

          All who desire to live a godly life will face persecution
                     (2 Tim 3:12)

          To the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ,
                     keep on rejoicing (1 Peter 4:13)

 

Footnotes:

When we start complaining about persecution, we are more

likely focused on self than on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So preach Christ that you expect and welcome persecution.

I’m not sure it’s truly persecution if it is not the result of

sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Persist Preaching

     NEVER STOP SHARING the news of Jesus’ death
               for sin, and His resurrection to life

           And every day, in the temple and from house       
           to house, they kept right on teaching and 
           preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)

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