How shall we respond when someone tells us to quit teaching?

Acts Bible Background

06.22.2017 – New Testament: Acts 5.29–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 5.17–42 on June 22, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Jewish Council commanded Peter and John not to teach the name of Jesus anymore in Jerusalem, but the apostles ignored the command and kept doing it. The Jewish Council rearrested the apostles and reminded them of the commandment, but Luke shows what Peter did,

But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5.29–32). 

Now that was bold, especially coming from the man who denied Jesus three times one night out of fear of these very men. However, Peter saw the crucifixion of Jesus, saw Him raised from the dead, and received forgiveness from Jesus. Therefore, when someone told Peter to quit teaching, he went right on teaching.


  • Has someone told you not to teach anymore?
  • What did you do?

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