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.