Thoughts and Questions on Acts 5:27-42

Not only Peter, but “Peter and the other apostles” were unanimous in telling the religious authorities, “We must obey God rather than human beings” or as some translate “rather than human authorities” (Acts 5:29).

In many nations today, some of the followers of Jesus are choosing to obey God rather than human beings or human authorities. Jesus told His followers to make disciples of all nations and teach them to obey everything He commanded. Jesus never said this would be an easy task. He told His disciples that when a town refused to welcome them that they could say, “Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:11).

Since the followers of Jesus live in the kingdom of God and also inside a nation, and sometimes a nation with authorities that are hostile to the teachings of Jesus and the Bible, what can Jesus’ followers do when confronted by authorities that want them to act contrary to the teachings of Jesus and the Bible? 

What are some things your church, Sunday school class, or Bible study group can do to help Christians that are persecuted for their faith or Christians that must confront hostile authorities that demand they obey them rather than God and the Bible's teachings?

Continue to pray for Christians who must make difficult choices in situations where they must put the teachings of Jesus and the Bible first, because they know they live first and foremost in the kingdom of God and secondarily in a kingdom of this world.

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