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 Acts 28:31

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. . . preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

The Gospel is Unhindered by: 

  • Discouragement
 At Jesus' ascension, his disciples were given a promise of power at the coming of the Holy Spirit.  They were not left as powerless orphans, but as empowered conqueror.
  ACTS 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. " 
  • Language and Cultural barriers
 At the tower of Babel, God confused the tongues of the nations.  At Pentecost God miraculously restored understanding.  Peter spoke, and everyone heard the gospel in their own dialect.
  ACTS 2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because they were each one hearing them speak in his own language. 
  • Disease and Disabilities
 All Judaism could offer the lame man was a place by the temple to beg.  The power of the Gospel gave him ability to walk.
  ACTS 3:6-9 But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-- walk!"   And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.  And with a leap, he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God; 
  • Threats from the religious establishment
 Peter and John were told to stop speaking in the name of Jesus.  The compulsion to speak was so strong that they refused.
  ACTS 4:19-20 But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;  for we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard. " 
  • Church Corruption
 Ananias tried to defraud the Church.  God judged his motives and removed the problem.
  ACTS 5:3-5 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land?   "While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control?  Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart?  You have not lied to men, but to God."  And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came upon all who heard of it. 
  • Church squabbles
 The Hellenistic Widows complained that they were not getting a fair distribution of daily rations.  The apostles recognized the validity of the problem and empowered the seven to oversee a solution. 
  ACTS 6:3-4 "But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. "But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." 
  • Loss of a Trusted Leader
 Stephen was stoned for preaching, the threats of chapter 4 were being carried out.  With his death, a proliferation of persecution resulted.  This decentralized the Church. Forcing the Christians to flee for their safety.  The spreading of the Christians resulted in the spreading of the gospel.
  ACTS 7:59 And they went on stoning Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 
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