- A BLESSING OR A CURSE
from a sermon by John Hamby, "Attacked Again"
IMMEDIATE RESULTS OF PERSECUTION
1.The deaths of
Ananias and Sapphira increased the
of the church
2. The apostles continued to minister in
miraculous ways and reap an evangelistic harvest
3. The fear that resulted from the death
of Ananias and Sapphira caused the
be unwilling to pass themselves off as believers.
4. The church did not lower it standards
in order to win the lost
5. The church’s growth did not slow
McArthur states well the church's current situation,
stands in sharp contrast to the masses of uncommitted, even unsaved,
comfortable in the church today.
failure of churches to preach holy
living, and to discipline those who
don’t live that way,allows sinners
hypocrites to remain in the church, convoluting its direction,
power, robbing it of purity and marring its testimony.”
The McArthur New Testament Commentary: Acts 1-12 ( Moody Press:
always result in confrontation and persecution by the "religious"
INSTIGATOR STRIKES AGAIN
First he attacks from without - then from within
doesn't work its outside again
OF THE TRUTH 5:17-28
A. THE TRUTH
IS SEEN AS A DANGER BY
STAND AGAINST IT.
The word translated
“indignation” is the
Greek word zeloo and can mean “zeal or
in a good sense or it can mean the worse kind of jealousy as
Why was the
teaching of Christ's resurrection was in conflict with
the teachings of the Sadducees
The apostles defied their authority
The apostles denounced their spirituality - because they
had crucified the Christ
they had sinned and needed
The apostles were a danger to their domination of the
THE TRUTH CANNOT BE STOPPED (21-26)
opportunity was provided for God to display His power
Apostles were accused of "filling" Jerusalem with
their "false" teaching
The Apostles were accused of intending
to "bring this man’s blood upon us
high priest had conveniently forgotten
that he and his associates had said to Pilate,
“his blood be on us and
children” (Matt. 27:25).
high priest thought that the apostles wanted to have
revenge because of the death of Christ
Apostles wanted the Holy Spirit to convict them that
they might repent and be forgiven
DECLARING OF THE TRUTH 5:29-32
A. THEY DECLARED THE TRUTH
B. THEY DECLARED THE TRUTH
CONFRONTING SIN (30)
C. THEY DECLARED THE TRUTH
D. THEY DECLARED THE TRUTH
WILLINGNESS TO BE WITNESSES (32)
III. DEALING WITH
THE TRUTH 5:34-39
"Successful Christians and
will make waves, and the world and Satan
will retaliate with persecution.
To convicting preaching
there are but
reactions, violent hostility, indifferent
acceptance." (John Hamby)
HOSTILITY TO THE TRUTH v. 33
either brings repentance or rejection.
brings forgiveness and reconciliation with God
often brings anger.
the gospel we preach is not convicting enough to
ever make anyone angry then it is not sufficiently
convicting to bring
to salvation. (John Hamby)
INDIFFERENT INDECISION ABOUT THE TRUTH vv. 34-39
Advise or Godly Advise?
Gamaliel's advise was really
worldly advise. It sounds like sound reasoning, but it is not.
He classified Jesus as
just another rabble-rouser.
He assumes that history always repeats itself
3. He had the mistaken
idea that if something was not of God it
experience tells us that is not always
He assumed that it is possible to be neutral about Jesus
and his message and it is not!
who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me
abroad.” (Matthew 12:30)
He was right in that he
“if something is of God you can not overthrow it” v. 39.
Tragically Gamaliel did not
commitment to follow Christ. Instead, as far as we know he
whether the Christian movement was really of God.
THE CALL OF THE
GOSPEL IS TO RESPOND TO GOD'S
(2 Cor 6:2,
Heb. 3:7, 15, 4:7).
ABOUT THE TRUTH 5:40-42
1. No man can stop us from
2. No one stop the spread of
the gospel, not even in countries where
Christians are being persecuted and killed.
promotes preaching and the truth
4. We should never be
proclaiming the gospel. Because it is the power of God unto salvation
everyone who believes.
And what is the gospel?
It is that Christ Jesus died
on the cross, bearing our sin and
penalty as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This
freely offers us total salvation.
people hear the gospel, either they will
repent and receive Christ, or they will reject him, refuse
and be forever separated from Him.
moment you hear and understand the gospel,
you must make a decision, either to receive or to reject, the decision
NOW YOU HAVE
HEARD - NOW YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
commentary on the book of Acts, R.
story of Aida Skripnikova, a Russian girl
born in 1941 in Leningrad. “In the fall of
came to know Christ as a nineteen-year-old,
her new faith came the impulse to share it
others. Aida purchased some postcards with a
by Claude Lorain representing a
sunrise, (chosen perhaps as a symbol of the
sunrise she had discovered) and then wrote
the reverse side. The poem expressed her
of life and the need to find God. The poem
entitled: ‘Happy New Year! 1962.’”
Our years fly past
carried away by life.
world, the earth, is so transient
in it comes to an end.
answer will you give your creator?
awaits you, my friend, beyond the grave?
this question while light remains.
tomorrow, before God,
appear to give an answer for everything.
deeply about this,
are not on this earth forever.
tomorrow, you will break
your links with this world!
WHILE HE IS TO BE FOUND.
took her postcards and stood on the Nevski
(which is the Leningrad equivalent of Fifth
New York City) and handed out her cards to
She was, of course, arrested. In April
was tried by a Communist court. She was
from Leningrad and lost her job as a lab
She was arrested again in 1965 and was
labor camp for a year. In 1968 she was
again and was sent to a labor camp for three
years” (R. Kent Hughes, Acts: The Church Afire,
IL: Crossway Books, 1996], 86-87).
you think inspired Aida Skripnikova? Perhaps
read the fifth chapter of the book of Acts
struck by what the angel told the apostles
delivered them from prison, “Go, stand in
courts and tell the people the full
this new life.” Perhaps she took note of
apostles were arrested, tried, and flogged,
their release they went right back to the
courts and “never stopped teaching and
the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”