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Destined to fail?
The first church in Jerusalem experienced similarity with the ministry of Jesus. At first, their message seemed well received and they had favor with the people. It didn’t take long before that changed as they continued to preach openly and rebuke that generation of Jews for killing the Messiah. It might seem odd that they continued in Jerusalem and particularly at the temple with growing hostility. It didn’t seem it could end well. This passage sheds light on why they were continuing that witness despite persecution and the threat of worse.