Have you ever felt like you’re doing all the right things but getting only bad stuff in return?
1.) Comfort in Prayer = Vs.23-30
They went to the only One Who could actually do anything about it.
In this manner prayer becomes a refuge.
They prayed Scripture.
Luke 18:1, John 15:18
We can take comfort in prayer from the One Who faced this all long before us.
2.) Comfort in Boldness = Vs.31
Acts 9:27-28, 13:46, 14:3, 18:26, 19:8 and 28:31
The early Church gained great boldness in preaching through the things they suffered.
No one can take away what God has given you.
Time is short and lives hang in the balance.
3.) Comfort in Sharing = Vs.32-37
Koinonia says, ‘What is mine is yours, I’ll share it.’
Ephesians 4:28, Luke 3:11, 1Timothy 6:18
There are few things that will comfort you in tribulation like sharing with others.
If we can’t help each other IN the Church, we won’t help anyone outside the Church.
4.) Making Lemonade = Vs.23-37
There is a blessing in suffering persecution.
1Peter 3:8-17 and 4:19
What will the world say when we react with even greater boldness in sharing the Gospel?
Boldness to share the Gospel is a prayer that God will answer every time.
The tribulations they faced emboldened them to preach even more.