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Great persecution

  1. 1. A Great Persecution www.HebronChurchOfChrist.com
  2. 2. A Great PersecutionPersecution is part of being a Christian,2 Tim. 3:12  Antioch, Acts 13:50  Iconium, Acts 14:4, 5  Derbe, Acts 14:19
  3. 3. A Great PersecutionLet us be ready to face oppression  From society  From government  From religious organizations
  4. 4. A Great Persecution Before It Reason Who’s To Blame Result
  5. 5. A Great Persecution Before ItThere were many conversions  3,000, Acts 2:40-42  5,000 plus, Acts 4:4  Multitudes added, Acts 5:14
  6. 6. A Great Persecution Before ItInternally the church was healthy  Harmony, Acts 2:46; 4:32  Problems corrected, Acts 5; 6:1-7
  7. 7. A Great Persecution Before ItExternally faced mixed reactions  Common people favored, Acts 2:47  Rulers opposed, Acts 4; 5:40-42
  8. 8. A Great Persecution ReasonMilitant preaching, Acts 7  Bible-based teaching, Acts 7:2-4  Pointed, Acts 7:9-53  Unapologetic, Acts 7:54-60
  9. 9. A Great Persecution Who’s To BlameStephen?  Smile more?  Mean spirited, 2 Tim. 4:2?  Remove references to the “fathers”  Trouble maker, cf. Acts 17:6; 24:5?  Out to make a name?  Arrogant, Acts 7:60?
  10. 10. A Great Persecution Who’s To BlameThe apostles?  Encouraging Stephen?  Not stopping him?  Stirring up the leaders?
  11. 11. A Great Persecution Who’s To BlameGod?  Stephen filled with the Holy Spirit, Acts 6:8-10
  12. 12. A Great Persecution Who’s To BlameMen that resisted the HolySpirit, Acts 7:51  Sinners  Hard-hearted  Servants of Satan, Jn. 8:44
  13. 13. A Great Persecution ResultThe word was preached far & wide, Acts 8:4  Samaria, Acts 8:5-25  Ethiopia, Acts 8:26-39  Caesarea, Acts 8:40  Phoenicia, Cyprus, Antioch, Acts 11:19-21
  14. 14. A Great Persecution Result The church remained intact  Apostles, Acts 8:1  Others, Acts 11:22  Elders, Acts 15:2, 6, 22
  15. 15. A Great PersecutionLet us unashamedly & boldlyteach the truth
  16. 16. A Great PersecutionLet us see the troubles come fromThose who reject & resist the truth
  17. 17. A Great PersecutionThis church will suffer persecutionwhen it stands for truth
  18. 18. A Great PersecutionPersecution purifies & strengthens
  19. 19. A Great PersecutionBe faithful unto death, Rev. 2:10  When made fun of  When excluded  When punished  When cursed & despised  When physically assaulted

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