How A Christian Responds to Opposition Day 1
In Matthew 5, Jesus says, “Blessed are they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs’ is the Kingdom of God.
In Matthew 10:34-35 listen to what Jesus says, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;
Both of those passages were quotes from Jesus, but how about other portions of the NT? In Philippians 1:29 Paul explains,
"For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake",
Christians have been called to salvation. Christians are called to be sanctified and grow in Christ. Christians are called to evangelize and share the Gospel. Christians are called to serve and minister in Jesus’ name. Christians are also called to trials and persecution at times. Not only can we expect opposition as believers, but we are also called to experience opposition.
As born-again believers are involved in seeing ministry fulfilled, we must also prepare to meet opposition. If God is doing a work in GABC, and I believe He is, then it is not a matter of if we receive opposition but when. Let’s consider some biblical responses to opposition.
In Acts 3, Peter and John entered the temple for prayer and healed a lame man. The lame man made a big scene in the temple and drew quite a large crowd. As this crowd gathered, Peter preached an evangelistic sermon to them. As the sermon concludes, we will find that many thousands were saved. As a result of all this gospel activity, the ministry of these two apostles received intense opposition from the powers that be in the temple. As these two men responded, several responses on a biblical response to opposition can be found.
Note the Attack on God’s Work Acts 4.1-4
Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
When we are right in the middle of serving, giving, ministering, loving or witnessing, we oftentimes receive the greatest opposition. Despite the fact that we say that the enemy attacks when we are doing God’s business, I still see people bail out as if it caught them off guard.
In Dec. 2019 – my 8th month of ministry here – I remember sharing with someone that it seemed we were consistently seeing growth and good things. Transport yourself three months later, and The interference of COVID in March 2020.
Not for a second do I believe there was some worldwide conspiracy to unleash COVID & stop the Word of God from being preached. However, I do believe our enemy would have used the COVID shutdown to decrease and/or stop the Gospel – and for some he did.
However, our response to the interference of this pandemic, was not physical tools but spiritual. It was praying, seeking, and working together to get God’s Word out in other ways.
Now, 15 months later, we are back in business in person, and the Gospel is being extended farther than it was before – our virtual worship participation has quadrupled, on cable TV Sun & Wed, and our social media ministry has grown in scope and quality.
When we are going along and seeing God at work in our lives, in our families, or in GABC, the enemy will oftentimes attack at our spiritual climax. How do we respond to that kind of opposition?