August 4-Disagreements

August 4-Disagreements

August 4: Disagreements

Scripture Lesson: Acts 5:33-42

On this date in 1993, after being hit by a Nolan Ryan fastball, Robin Ventura charged the mound to get at the 40-year-old pitcher. Ryan responded by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punching him several times, much to the delight of the Rangers fans in Arlington, Texas.

In the early days of the Church in Jerusalem, Jewish religious leaders were at odds over what to do with the disciples who were boldly proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Messiah. Some wanted to kill Peter and John, but a wise and well-known rabbi named Gamaliel counseled caution. Standing to get the attention of the others, he argued that if the new sect was not of God, it would fail as others claiming to be from God had done. But if the movement really was from God, he said, they could not stop it if they tried, because they would be fighting against God. He suggested letting the movement run its course. The Sanhedrin decided to have Peter and John flogged before ordering them to cease speaking in the name of Jesus. They refused to stop, however, and continued to proclaim the good news about Jesus each day.

  1. Describe a time when your faith caused you to be at odds with someone.

  2. Why should we take a stand for Christ even if it is not popular?

  3. When is the last time you shared the good news of Jesus Christ?

Living for Jesus was never promised to be easy. Sometimes our faith may put us at odds with our teammates and even our families. Stand strong in His strength!

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Shinichi wrote:
In response to that stteemant I showed how at least 3 atheists I personally know also did the same but with respect to ignoring that the scientific facts that Id shown them led to a different conclusion i.e. science and logic point actually to a non-mechanistic free willed first cause. I countered Bobs anecdote with one of my own to show that this happens on BOTH sides. BOTH I believe are wrong. We should go where the facts lead. As I say: Dont let the consequences of your logic force you to abandon that logic.

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