Suffering and Joy
God gave us Acts to give us confidence that the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will grow!
In the face of fearless Christians hostile powers are feeble!
Life in the Kingdom of Christ at this stage... (Acts 5:12-16)
1.Feeble leaders (17-28)
This is round 2 & persecution is escalating...
The cause is jealousy...
But they don't stand a chance against God!
They have no power...
2.Fearless Apostles (29-33)
We must obey God, rather than you!
There is a tension when it comes to our obedience to governing authorities (1 Peter 2:13)
What is the attitude of the Apostled?
What is their message?
3.Wise Gamaliel (34-40)
A very shrewd leader...
If this isn't from God, nothing will come from it...
If this is from God, there is nothing you can do to stop it!
Despite his wisdom, the Apostles are persecuted!
->They rejoice in their suffering
->They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ!