Remember what the disciples were doing at the end of the last story? (Acts 2:42-47)
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Peter and john healed a man whom had been born lame from birth. A great crowd gathered, and Peter preached repentance. That stirred up the Jewish leaders.
Today’s message come from Acts 4:1-31
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Peter and John were in the Temple where they spoke with the people, the priests, and the Captains of the Temple. The Sadducees decided to join them. The Sadducees were grieved that Peter and John taught the people representing Jesus the resurrection from the dead. Though there were many that believed what was being said by John and Peter. However, they were arrested and placed in custody. (Acts 4:1-4)
The following day, in Jerusalem, rulers, elders, scribes, high priests were gathered together. When John and Peter were brought in front of them, they were asked what named did they do this preaching and teaching? Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, responded that they did this by the authority of the Jesus of Nazarene who you crucified but God raised from the dead. No one has salvation if they do not believe. (Acts 4:5-12)
With everything that Peter stated and learning that they had been with Jesus, they marveled and decided to learn from them. In addition, they had to take notice of the fact that man which was healed was standing among them. That was unrebukable evidence. (Acts 4:13-14)
They asked John and Peter to step outside, so they could confer on the charges before them. The overseers were agreeable that they could not deny the miracle that had happened because many people witnessed it. It was agreed that they would drop the charges if they promised not to speak to any one in God’s name. (Acts 4:15-17)
John and Peter were summoned back into the hearing room. They were told that they would be let go so long as they spoke no more about Jesus of Nazarene. The two preachers did not agree and told them that they will continue to talk about what they have seen and heard as it was Jesus’ wishes. Not finding any other way to punish them, they let the two go. (Acts 4:18-23)
The two were released. They reported to their people all that was said to them. The people responded as they lifted their voice to God with one accord. Their prayer praised God for all that He had done. God responded to their prayers by filling them all with the Holy Ghost and they spoke the word of Gold with boldness. (Acts 4:24-31)
Questions to be answered:
- What did we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What did you learn new in this story?
- What should I do differently because of this story?