Bold about That Name (4 of 5) by Terry J. Hallock

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Bold about That Name (4 of 5)
The Church: What We Were Meant To Be
Terry J. Hallock
Acts 4
February 7, 1999

"So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 'What are we going to do with these men?' they asked. 'Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.'"

I. That scene in the Sanhedrin marks one of the most pivotal periods in the life of the Church because it was the first test of whether they would be the Church they were meant to be.

A) Peter and John had just healed a man crippled from birth.

1. That man then went running through the Temple celebrating his new sight.

2. That healing and the public commotion which followed so upset the Jewish Ruling Council they had Peter and John arrested and, as we read in Acts 4, brought before the Council to be tried.

B) That's what had happened, but notice two things that didn't happen.

1. First, Peter and John were not told to stop preaching, rather "we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.'"

a. They didn't care if Peter and John were religious.

b. It wasn't Peter and John's religion that bothered them, it was their relationship to Jesus -- it was "that name".

i) They thought they'd killed it when they crucified Jesus.

ii) But Peter and John not only preached "that name"; they healed people through it.

c. The world and the devil don't mind if we're religious, but they do get upset about "that name."

i) The devil likes a little religion and will leave us alone if all we are is religious.

ii) The world doesn't mind religion either.

iii) But when we start proclaiming "that name" and say, as did Peter and John, "there is no other name given to men by which we must be saved", that's when the devil an ...

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