Acts 28 Day Reading Challenge: Day 4

Acts 4 (Key verse, Acts 4:20)

What can you expect to face when you are a faithful witness for Christ?
What does it mean to be a bold witness for Christ?

When you decide to make your life count for God you’re going to face opposition. That’s what happened to Peter and John. They stepped out and did something bold in Jesus name and ran into opposition…from the religious community. Religious people, will always tell you to temper it down, don’t go there, don’t do that. It happened to Jesus, it happened to Peter and John, and it happened throughout church history.

In the 1300’s John Wycliffe translated the Bible into English. Religious leaders dug up his bones, burned them, and scattered them in a river. Thanks to Wycliffe there are now over 7.5 billion Bibles in print.

In the 1500’s Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the church door. Religious leaders judged him a heretic and he was hunted his entire life. Thanks to Luther we now understand grace.

In the 1700’s John Wesley was kicked out of the Church of England for bringing the poor into the church. Thanks to Wesley, England experienced the Great Awakening and hundreds of thousands came to Christ.

In the 1900’s Phineas F. Breesee was a pastor in the denomination founded by Wesley. He, like Wesley before him, lost his church for reaching out to the poor. He went down to a local mission and continued to preach. Thanks to Breesee the International Church of the Nazarene is reaching millions and has churches in over 150+ world areas. One of those churches is Connection Church.

4 thoughts on “Acts 28 Day Reading Challenge: Day 4

  1. I’m met regularly with oposition by my family, Christian or not. They think I give to much of myself to the church. Honestly I don’t care what they think. I hope that I can be an example to them.

    1. I always laugh when people think we’re doing too much for Jesus. Let’s see, he died for my sins and the sins of the entire human race. I’ll see if I can work him into my schedule :)

  2. It is so easy to be a “Christian” in Tulsa without getting any opposition from the Church in general. Does this mean that the Church is making it too easy and not saying all that it really means to live our lives for Christ? Is there more to being a Christian than just attending Church on Sunday and telling people that you are a Christian? Does the Bible really call for EVERYONE to serve and help the poor or is that just for some? What if the answers to these questions were not popular with the people in the Church today?

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