The (Almost) Perfect Storm
Passage: Acts 4:1–4:31
The Apostle Peter heals a man lame from birth through the name of Jesus (recorded in Acts, chapter 3). Then Peter preaches a sermon in which he declares that God raised Jesus from the dead. This precipitates the first formal opposition to the church (Acts 4). Peter and John are hauled before the Council and threatened if they continue to speak of the resurrection of Jesus. They declare that they must obey God, furthermore declaring that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The message is clear, unambiguous, exclusive and narrow. This is the message of the Gospel; this is the message we have been given to share with others. Will we stand for the truth of God even if unpopular? We are called to be witnesses to the Risen Christ, through whom men and women may be saved. What a glorious message to share with others!
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