Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (Galatians 1:10)
Relate: In the very first sermon preached by anybody in the church, harsh words were spoken. Very harsh words. On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood in front of the crowd of Jews in Jerusalem. He said, “God publicly endorsed Jesus. You knew this, you saw the miracles and yet you killed Him. With the help of the lawless gentiles, you nailed Him to that cross.” Peter accused his listeners of knowingly rebelling against God and, even worse in their eyes, in consorting with their most hated enemy to do so. Peter pulled no punches.
In the very next chapter he is doing it again: “You rejected and handed over Jesus to…
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