Power in Persecution
A Sermon on Acts 4:23-24
The Believers Pray for Boldness
When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, (ESV)
If you are a Christian, you have faced persecution of some sort. Christians all around the world face varying levels of this— some believers are murdered or physically harmed for their faith, while others are merely scoffed at by those who think Christianity is foolish. What can we do to combat this? In this sermon on Acts 4: 23-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how the church can stand strong in the midst of trying times by pointing back to the early church and the examples of Peter and John. First, believers must not compromise their message. After being released from prison, Peter and John continued to preach the gospel even though they had been forbidden to on penalty of death. Second, they must go to God in prayer. It is so easy for Christians to become anxious about what they need to do, yet Lloyd-Jones points out that Peter and John acknowledged that it was His problem to handle, not theirs! This brought immense peace because they were choosing to rest in God’s sovereignty by trusting His plan rather than becoming worried about the circumstances. Listen as The Doctor unpacks how Christians today can stand strong for the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of persecution.