Saturday, May 14
Acts 4:1-22 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them...
think about it.
Where did the negative response to Peter's sermon come from (4:1-3)? What was the positive response (4:4)? Peter's power was questioned; how did he answer (4:5-12)? What dilemma did the council face (4:13-17) and how did they try to solve it? What authority does Peter say we are to obey? How do you handle authority or opposition in your life?
Peter and John have just healed a man who'd been unable to walk for over 40 years. The crowd is marveling at this miracle and what they're hearing about Jesus, but not the Jewish leadership. They were irritated. They had Peter and John arrested and then demanded to know "By what power or by what name did you do this?" (vs. 7). Peter then launches boldly into a full blown explanation of Jesus and salvation. This surprises the Jewish leaders. "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men (emphasis added), they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus" (vs. 13).
I was really drawn to verse 13 because it highlights that we don't have to be a scholar, or a church leader or a "whatever" to be able to take in God's Word and be bold for Christ. As believers, we're all qualified to serve.
So what does this passage show us about being a representative for Christ? How will you use Acts 4:1-31 to help you flourish for the Lord just as you are? Tami W.
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