Today is Wednesday, September 13th, 2017. The action-packed book of Acts is living up to its name in today’s passage! The Lord continues to increase, by leaps and bounds, those who hear the word and BELIEVE. Peter and John are brave enough to teach about one of the most powerful truths in God’s Word; Jesus’s resurrection. This lands them in jail and in trouble with the religious authorities of the time. Kim
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Tell of a time when you were willing to talk about a truth (spiritual or otherwise) even when you knew it might “get you in trouble” at work or at home.
_ How is your witness of the Lord directly impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Adoration – Praise God for who He is!
Confession – Confess sin struggles
Thanksgiving – Thank God for burying sin and promising new life, a resurrected life, in Him
Supplication – Ask God for help, healing, hedges, and hope
DISCOVER [Acts 4:1-22]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
- What was Peter and John teaching about that got the attention of the religious authorities in verse 2?
- Why might this specific teaching have been “arrest worthy?”
- What was the result of this specific teaching? (Verse 4)
5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
- What question did the religious authorities ask Peter and John after their night in jail? (Verse 7)
- Where did Peter receive power to answer winsomely in grace and truth? (Verse 8)
- How does Peter specifically answer their question? What additional, but important details does He intentionally add?
- How does the physical healing of the lame beggar point to the spiritual healing Peter is describing? (Verse 10)
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
- What two things astonished the religious authorities about Peter and John? (Verse 13)
- Why did the religious authorities not argue and let Peter and John go? (Verse 14)
- What did they specifically tell Peter and John NOT to do? (Verse 18)
- How did Peter and John answer? (Verse 19)
- What was the response of the people? (Verse 21)
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Is there an area of your life that you are being invited to be a witness specifically about the resurrection in your life or in the life of another? If so, where and what is your next step this week?
_ Are there any areas Jesus is inviting you to patiently wait (vs. 4) trusting in what God has promised? If so, what area?
_ Is there a place that you are lacking power or strength? Is Jesus calling you to ask for power from the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?