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On Trial For Doing The Right Thing...

March 04, 2018  •  2 Comments

Acts: Send Me
On trial for doing the right thing

Scripture Text: Acts 4


Introduction:
 

Why do bad things happen to good people? I've met a lot of people who really wrestle with that
question. For some it negatively impacts their view of God, and for others it prevents them from
being able to acknowledge that there is a God.

Why do kids go hungry, or have to live with bodies that are plagued by illness? Why do hard
working single moms lose their jobs? Why do some dads leave? Why are spouses unfaithful?

It's hard for us to understand why it's the victim who dies in the car accident rather than the
drunk who hit them. Sometimes our faith is shaken by wars, storms, and stock market crashes,
especially when they impact us. Especially when we think we're doing all the right things.

Today we'll continue looking at a man who did nothing wrong and yet was born crippled, and
also see what happened to those who were used by God to bring about his healing. My goal is
that we will learn to trust God through hard times, and allow Him to use our struggles for His
Kingdom.


I. Jesus promised there would be trials – 
When we left them everyone was cheering about this miracle, well almost everyone. The man
who was healed, and also those in the temple were celebrating what God had done, but the
priests and other religious leaders were not happy about all of this.

They were not celebrating at all. Instead they grabbed Peter and John, and threw them in jail for
the night. Then they brought them in for questioning the next day. Read verses 7-12


How could this happen? Why would God allow these men to be treated this way?

This may not be the most comforting thought, but I think it's important to remember that Jesus
told us this would happen.

Matthew 5:10-12
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of
heaven.11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of
evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

John 15:18-21
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it
would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of
the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not
greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my
teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for
they do not know the one who sent me.

He said that we would suffer, and He said that it would be because of Him.

He isn't talking about our poor choices. These things are a result of us living for Him.

If we're not experiencing these kinds of trials we may need to reevaluate some things.

These kinds of trials have a purpose.


II. Trials are an opportunity to reflect Christ – verses 8-12
Our suffering is not because God doesn't have the power to save us. Trials like these are an
opportunity for us to be able to show the world the love of Christ that is in us.

Peter pointed to Christ with the things He said - Jesus promised to give them the words to say.

It was evident that they had been with Jesus - verse 13

Grace and confidence under this kind of pressure are some of the best indicators of the change
that has taken place in us. The reality that these men were on trial by the same ones who
condemned Jesus to death, and that this group had the power to do that again makes this a
powerful moment.

It's not usually when things are going well that people take note of our faith. Instead, it's when
everything falls apart that we are best able to let others see our faith in Him.

Horatio Spafford - Lost investment properties due to the Chicago fire. Then lost his four
daughters when their cruise ship went down.

1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
o Refrain:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Our suffering can be a platform for telling others about our hope in Christ.

III. Trials show what we're made of – verses 13-20
If our faith is weak then trials will extinguish it. That happens to a lot of people. Their faith is
small, or it is in something or someone other than Christ, and so they walk away when things are
difficult.

On the other hand, scripture teaches us that trails are like a refiners fire which can purify and
strengthen our faith. This moment gave Peter and John the strength through the Holy Spirit to
stand up to the men they ran from just a few weeks or months earlier.

James 1: 2-5

A blacksmith uses heat and pressure to form and strengthen metal. Sometimes God does the
same with us.

CONCLUSION:
We can't afford to overlook their response: Prayer & Bold Proclamation of Christ

Live a life that draws fire

Shine for Christ when it life is dark


Comments

First Baptist Church Highland City
It can definitely feel that way sometimes. We're thankful for you and praying for you.
Virginia(non-registered)
At times I feel like I’m on trial for doing the right thing but I know it’s just a phase I have to go through to get to people
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