Thursday, August 3, 2017

Acts 23:6-11

Acts 23:6-11
English Standard Version (ESV)

  Sometimes you're caught in the middle of opposing forces.  Here, the Sadduccees and Pharisees are arguing about resurrection, and Paul is in between, his life going back and forth as these groups violently discuss it.
  In today's church, we're often caught between the republicans and democrats.  They are arguing over various topics, and it sometimes feels like the church isn't quite sure how to act in the midst of this environment.
  The key to thriving in such an environment is to remember where our ultimate loyalty and security lies.  Much of the life of the early church was rocked by trial and tribulation because the powers of that day and age wanted to secure themselves against any threat the early church might pose.  Our task is the same today as it was then -- to preach the Gospel in word and deed, to proclaim the love of Christ without concern for ourselves, and to trust that God will lead us to where we are most needed, just as God assures Paul that he will be led to proclaim the Gospel in Rome.

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