Upside Down (Acts 5:17-42)

Last week, we began to explore ‘the death of feel-good church’ as the early church began to emerge. This week, we’re witness to a clear instance of persecution of the Apostles as they pursue their mission to proclaim the Gospel. But it’s the response of Peter and the other Apostles that may take you by surprise: “they left [after being jailed and questioned], rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” (Acts 5:41.) Let’s take a closer look at the passage from this week and try to figure out together just what exactly made them “rejoice” — and why that may just be the best response to persecution in our effort to be on offense, but not offensive, for Christ.