A Hellish Attack from Holy Hands

Acts 4:1
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Complacency, Persecution, Sadducees
Series: Acts - Life in the Spirit, Bible Study Series

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  1. INTRODUCTION - PERSECUTION IN MODERN TIMES

Persecution is a part of the Christian life!  Jesus was very clear about offenses and difficulties coming to His disciples (Luke 6:22, 26; 17:1; 21:12; John 15:18-20; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12).  The American church at large takes far too much for granted.  Most church-goers own at least one Bible with most owning several.  We cannot imagine what it would be like to have to sneak around to read the Bible, alternate days and hours of worship services to keep the authorities from arresting us, not being able to pray with vigor and emotion, and not being able to sing aloud in a public place.  Could it be that we take all of these for granted?  Could it be that because there isn’t much of threat to our public worship that our private devotion has sank to an all-time low?  Could it be that the reason the church is so worldly is due to the fact that there isn’t much persecution over what we are called to treasure?

Proverbs 1:32 from the NIV should be a warning and encouragement to the North American church.  It states that “the complacency of fools will destroy them.”  Have our lifestyles of comfort and affluence robbed us from truly following the Lord?  Our complacency has led us to a place of seeing church as a place to get Band-aids placed on our abrasions, little bumps of emotion to ease our weary minds, and a show-case for very limited human talent attempting to play itself out on a stage meant for spiritual things.


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