by Stephen Whitney

Restored To Stand Strong (7 of 7)
Series: Overcoming Failure - Lessons From The Life Of Peter
Stephen Whitney
Acts 4:1-20

Charles Spurgeon said, ''Our great object of glorifying God is to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls.''

Evangelism is simply sharing with people what you know about Jesus. No tricks. No deception. You speak the whole truth, nothing but the truth in a loving manner. Then you leave the results with God. The word evangelism comes from the Greek word which means: good news or the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Latin word which means: to announce good news.

Rebecca Pippert in her book Out of the Salt Shaker and Into the World wrote, ''Christians and non-Christians have something in common. We're both uptight about evangelism. Christians are afraid of offending. Not-Christians are afraid of being assaulted.''

Evangelism can be challenging because people don't want to hear the truth they are sinners and Satan always opposes and resists the truth so people will not believe. When you do share the truth that Jesus is the only Savior you will be challenged or confronted.

Background Acts 3 Peter and John healed a man who had been lame his whole life at a gate of the temple. The people wanted to know how they had done it. Peter then begins to tell the people who Jesus was and that he died for our sins and was raised back to life by God.

Thirty years later he would write in I Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.


Priests offered sacrifices which the people brought to the temple.

Captain was the commander of the soldiers who were there during religious feasts to maintain order and prevent disturbances. Sadducees were the ruling class of wealthy aristocrats who supported the Romans and feared that the apostles teaching would subvert their positions with the ruling authorities. Theologically ...

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