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A Fearless Response (10 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
October 10, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we talked about the persecution of Peter and John. They had been put in prison over night and then brought before the religious council the next morning. The charge? Preaching the resurrection of Christ. They declared that
the miraculous healing of the lame man was done by the power of the Jesus Christ. In Acts 4:10, Peter said, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole."
When the Pharisees and the other religious leaders realized that further threatening and intimidation would only upset the people, they let them go. In Acts 4:21, it says, "So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done."
We'll pick up our story at this point. As we consider our message this evening, "A Fearless Response, we see three things:
I. A Stirring Report from the Disciples
II. An Awesome Response from the Lord
III. A Giving Spirit Among the Believers
I. A STIRRING REPORT FROM THE DISCIPLES
A. Reporting to the Believers (vs. 23)
1. Here we have a church testimony time. The Disciples came and reported to the congregation. They gave testimony of their persecution and of their blessings. This is one of the reasons we ask for testimonies. We want to know what's going on in your life--good or bad. If you are hurting, then we are hurting. If you are blessed and are rejoicing, then we want to hear about that, as well. 1 Cor. 12:26 says, "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."
B. Reporting to ...
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