This morning, we return to an earlier theme in the book of Acts, seeing a reminder of the hatred the world has for Christ and Christians. We’ll look at two examples:

  • That of the Jewish mob that wanted to kill Paul because he was a Christian.
  • That of the Jewish Council that desired the same thing for the same reason.

We’ll also see how Paul handles himself during the persecution. He doesn’t become fearful, but draws upon God-given wisdom to steer a straight course to honor God and to preserve his life. In doing this, we not only see the Lord protect Paul’s life again, we see how He does so by helping Paul to be as shrewd as a serpent and harmless and innocent as a dove. We apply this to our own circumstances as we seek to live for Christ in a fallen world.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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