May 1, 2016 – Acts: Persecution Begins

Preached by Rod Benner (00:51)

Rod continues a study in the books of Acts.

The truth of God is hard to accept.  You live your whole life believing that your good work and best effort will earn you God’s favor only to be told that it’s all a lie and that the righteous will live by faith alone.  Or you grow up thinking God is a fairy tale only to be told that without Jesus you can’t be saved.  Imagine everything you believed in challenged by the teachings of Jesus.  When Peter and John began preaching the good news of Jesus, the religious leaders of the day felt threatened.  Not only was their position of authority threatened, but also their way of life.  Peter and John spoke on behalf God.  They declared men and women as forgiven.  They even healed people in miraculous ways by the power of Jesus.  The leaders and protectors of tradition didn’t like it and they demanded that it be stopped – even by death.

Truth always reveals opposition.  The gospel of Jesus will bring relief and salvation to many but strife and anger to others.  When persecution comes, remember to stand as Peter and John stood.  They did not fight.  They did not speak in arrogance.  Rather they stood in truth and courageously said, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Scripture References: Acts 4:1-31


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