Marks of a Healthy Church Under Persecution

Marks of a Healthy Church Under Persecution
(Acts 4:23-35)

I. Respond to persecution by affirming our commitment to God.
A. We affirm our commitment to God through corporate prayer. (Acts 4:24; Matthew 6:9-13)
B. We affirm our commitment to God by having a view of God as the Sovereign Lord even over evil. (Acts 4:17-28; Ephesians 1:11; Job 42:2; Romans 8:28)
C. We affirm our commitment to God by knowing and applying His Word. (Acts 4:25-26; Psalm 2:1-4; Proverbs 1:24-33)

II. Respond to persecution by affirming our commitment to the Lord’s people.
A. The Lord’s people should be committed to fellowship. (1 John 1:3; Hebrews 10:24-25)
B. The Lord’s people should be committed to unity. (Ephesians 4:13)
C. The Lord’s people should be committed to generosity. (1 John 3:17; 1 Timothy 6:18)

III. Respond to persecution by affirming our commitment to the Lord’s work in the world. (Acts 4:33)

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