June 24, 2018 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1848
#5 in series
How to Respond to Opposition
Last week we looked at the power of Jesus’ name and what can happen, as mirrored in the lives of Peter and John, when we live in the authority of the name of Christ. We are surrounded by an undeniable need, and we’ve been given an undeniable opportunity to proclaim the hope of the gospel message to those we come in contact with each day.
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I. OPPOSITION BEGINS
“(Satan) doesn’t threaten the Christian by saying, ‘If you witness, I’ll cut your head off,’ he threatens the Christian by planting into his mind the fact that if you witness, you might lose your job or your status or somebody might think you are strange.” – John MacArthur
Who was leading out in this persecution?
1) The priests – representatives of the temple
2) The captain of the temple guard – the head of the temple police
3) The Sadducees – they believed:
- Only written law is binding
- There is no resurrection of the body
- The Spirit world is a myth
- Man is the master of his own fate
In their response, Peter and John give us 7 keys to responding to persecution and opposition:
II. WHY IS GOOD NEWS THREATENING?
III. IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY?
Throughout Acts, we see one consistent theme. Over decades, in various settings, cultures, and nations, there is a clear concise message: Jesus is the only hope for man.