ACTS 14:22 – We must go through many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of God.

A list of persecutions in ACTS is given at the bottom of the page.

MARK 10:29, 30

MATTHEW 10:24, 25

1 PETER 4:12-19 – v14 – on their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

a) REASONS FOR CONFLICT

1. DIFFERENCE

Tropical Fish Tank
John 17:15, 16 – Anot of this world@

2. DISRUPTION

URC Youth Event
Acts 17:6 – Aturned world upside down@

3. RIGHTEOUSNESS/TRUTH

monthly expenses

1 Peter 2:20 – when you do good and suffer this is commendable before God

Matthew 5:10 – blessed

4. RUMOUR/REPUTATION

Acts 28:22 – Athis sect we know that it is spoken against everywhere@

5. FAITH

the devil hates faith
Eph. 6:16 – the fiery darts of the wicked one

6. SUCCESS

theological college exams
– jealousy/hatred

7. GOSPEL

grocers shop/ouija board/Bible

2 Tim. 2:9 – gospel for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer

b) DANGERS ON OUR PART

1. Develop a martyr complex

– chip on shoulder

2. Excuse for own stupidity

Prov. 10:7 – when a man’s ways please the Lord he makes even his enemies to be a peace with him

3. Cover for dishonourable actions

4. Escape from reality

– unbalanced lifestyle/odd views

5. Failure to change where necessary

6. Transfer blame to others for own incapabilities

c) OPPORTUNITIES AND LESSONS

1. PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR TESTIMONY

– Prayer Meeting in bushes

– Paul – Felix/Festus/Agrippa

Sometimes it is only turbulence that will bring us
to the attention of leaders/media etc.

2. OPENS DOORS FOR NEW STRATEGY / STEP

– a new phase of life often emerges out of the
disruption.

3. DEMONSTRATES GOD’S ABILITY TO PROVIDE A WAY OUT

1 Cor. 10:13 – no temptation has…you – but God is faithful – but with the temptation will also
make a way of escape

Acts 22:28-30 – Paul’s citizenship

4. DEVELOPS CHARACTER + SPIRITUAL LIFE

Phil.. 3:8-10 – that I may know him

5. LEARN TO CALL ON SPIRITUAL STRENGTH + POWER

2 Cor. 1:8,9 – Athat we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead@

6. DEVIL OVERPLAYS HIS HAND

Gen. 50:20 – as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good

7. ALLOWS US TO EXAMINE OURSELVES /MOTIVES / ACTIONS

1 Peter. 4:17 – Atime for judgement to begin at the
house of God.

8. PRAY FOR THOSE WHO OPPOSE YOU

Matt. 5:44 – Apray for those who spitefully use you
and persecute you@

1 Peter 4:1

LIST OF OPPOSITION IN ACTS OF APOSTLES:

ACTS 4:3 apostles were arrested and imprisoned

5:18 apostles were taken into custody

5:27 were interrogated by the religious authorities

6:12 Stephen was forcefully brought before the Council

7:58 Stephen was driven out of the city and stoned to death

8:1 strong persecution broke out against the church

9:24,25 Jesus spoke to the newly saved Saul – “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

12:2 James (John’s brother) was executed by the sword

13:45-50 Paul was reviled, contradicted and driven away from Antioch

14:5-19 Paul fled Iconium and was stoned in Derbe

16:22-24 Paul was whipped and thrown into jail in Philippi

17:5-10 an uproar broke out in Thessalonica; Paul fled to Berea

18:6 Paul encountered opposition in Corinth. He was reviled by the Jews and brought before the judgement seat (v12)

19:29 an uproar broke out in Ephesus. There was controversy over “the Way” (v23)

21:11 Paul was warned by the prophet, Agabus, of the persecution which would arise in Jerusalem. Rioting broke out in Jerusalem and Paulwas imprisoned.

22:25 Romans wanted to take Paul hostage

23:1 Paul stood before the Council as a prisoner and was then taken to prison in Caesarea

24 Paul was brought before the governor, Felix, and was imprisoned for two years

25 Paul was brought before the governor, Fetus

26 Paul was brought before King Agrippa

27 Paul was sent as a prisoner to Rome

28 Paul was in Rome. He was opposed, but had liberty to preach

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