Last night (11/4) I preached Acts 4:1-31, entitled “Persevere in Persecution.” Acts 4 records the first persecution against the early Christian church. It provides a tremendous lesson for all of us in terms of how we should react when we experience a religious/spiritual persecution against us. So I addressed ten implications that this particular narrative points out.
- Persecution comes when we are actively doing God’s work.
- When you teach and proclaim God’s truth, not everyone is going to like you.
- Those who oppose you are often times the most religious ones.
- In spite of discouragements and persecution against God’s spokesmen, God always saves all those whom he has sovereignly chosen.
- A genuine persecution is generally over doctrine.
- God will not abandon you during the time of your persecution but empowers you with His Spirit to testify.
- The key to teach God’s truth effectively and authoritatively is simply this – “having been with Jesus” (v. 13), namely, being in God’s word and prayer.
- Individuals who are thankful and loyal to God will stand with those who are thankful and loyal to God.
- Our loyalty belongs to God than people.
- Persecution should drive us to God through prayer.
If you’re interested, you can hear how these ten implications flesh out.