Acts 4:13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

The Sanhedrin recognized Peter & John as having been with Jesus.

Average Joes who had a remarkable courage because they were convinced Jesus was the Messiah.

They suffered much persecution, but didn’t give up… they died for what they had seen and known through experience to be true.

The Christians refused to meld their beliefs in with the Roman pantheon that was accepting of other religions. Christians weren’t willing to worship Caesar and Jesus. On a side note, Romans viewed Christianity as a superstitious belief system.

Romans thought the Christians were impious (didn’t give respect to Roman pantheon), sexually immoral (women joined in the worship service), and cannibals (ate ‘flesh’ & drank ‘blood’).

Therefore Christianity became an illegal religion.

The Gospel is a world view, the message is not our mission. Changing people’s lives is our mission which is living out the call of Christ in every aspect of life.

Christianity became a state-religion because Satan couldn’t extinguish through persecution.

Are we a part of Christendom or are we a part or Jesus revolution?

I realize that we need courage to fight against Satan 1. Courage comes from obedience to God 2. Courage comes from God’s words 3. Courage comes from the words of friends and family.

What do we need courage for? 1. Invite people to church 2. Talk through the tough stuff with our spouse and in other relationships 3. Parent our children in a way that glorifies God 4. To stand up at work and not be ashamed of our relationship with Christ 5. To change ourselves… or rather allow the Spirit of God to convict us and move us closer to the heart of God  6. Realize I’m not a really living the way I should be 7. Give my life to Christ completely 8. Get up when I fall down and believe God will give me the power to get back up  9. Step up into leadership in my family and in my church  10. Say no in order to keep balance in our lives.

Are you living a life of courage?

If not, are you ready to start?

 

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