Teachings on Persecution
In Acts 8, Saul approved of the stoning of Stephen and was a persecutor of the church. This action was legal and applauded, much as today’s abortion is legal and applauded. People were dragged out of their houses. When the church was spread they continued to teach the gospel. God uses the evil intended for good.
When the high priest asks Stephen about accusations, Stephen replies with the history of how God has been with the Jewish people.
Esther Chapter 6 describes the events before the next banquet that Esther prepares for the King and Haman. The night before the banquet, the King could not sleep and the chronicles were read to him. He discovered that nothing had been done for Mordecai who had informed the king of a plot against him. Haman ends up having to honor Mordecai in the way Hammond wanted to be honored. Pastor Keith shows us in Psalms 37 to not fret. God…
In Acts 6 deacons were selected to care for the widows and needs for the church. One deacon who was filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen, was chosen as a deacon and then accused of blaspheming. Pastor Keith shows us that those who accuse will have to face God for the lies they told about us. We are not to be troubled, but to trust God.