The Gospel in Acts
Sunday, 7 February 2021 // God's Story: New Testament
I hadn't realised the NIV left out the 'therefore' in Acts2.33 when I was teaching on Sun-sorry to those using the NIV. It's an important word for both the argument Peter was making, & for our context i.e.Jesus being replaced as the star.Please keep that in mind when re-listening— Robin Gan (@gan_robin) February 9, 2021
Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr. gave up on racial equality for the African Americans because he was persecuted.
Imagine if Nelson Mandela gave up on fighting against apartheid because he was persecuted.
Now imagine if Jesus's disciples gave up on preaching the gospel because they were persecuted. Would we know who Jesus is today?
Persecution stemming from opposition is bound to take place, and this was evident even in Jesus' time. What kept the disciples going despite persecution was not a personal dream or a radical change within a community, but empowerment by the Holy Spirit to proclaim Jesus as Lord and Saviour over all, "in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Servants of the Gospel; O Church Arise