Acts 3:22-4:4 ~ The First Conflict

This week we examined the first sign that Jesus’ prophecy regarding the persecution of His followers would be fulfilled in the near future. The conflict began when the Sadducees interrupted Peter: Not only did they stop him from finishing his speech, they also took him, John, AND the formerly lame man into custody—holding them until the following morning when they would have a better idea how to handle this situation. 

A quick overview of the Second Temple Period (from the Babylonian exile to the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70) provided the backdrop for our discussion on the aristocratic, religious party of Sadducees—who they were and what they did (and did not) believe. How would they handle the miracle who stood right before their very own eyes? How would they address this new, unorthodox interpretation of Moses’ Law?

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Acts 3:22 – Acts 4:4 ~ The First Conflict

Ignorance as a forgivable sin; Origin & Beliefs of Sadducees

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission), and she is on the board of directors at Shield Your Faith (an apologetics ministry). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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