Following explosive growth, the early church very quickly experienced persecution. This would have come as no surprise to the Apostles, as the Lord Himself warned them that the world would hate them because it hated Him first. This same resistance to the early church continues today, as the people of God will always face some type of opposition and persecution.
In Acts 4, following the miraculous healing of the lame man in the temple thousands were added to the church. Jealous of such response, the Jewish leaders arrested, not only Peter and John, but the man that was healed. Given that persecution is inevitable for the people of God, Peter's response becomes a model for how to respond to persecution.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.