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Scripture; Acts 4:1-22

Title; "Have You Been with Jesus?"

 

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2 They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4 But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

5 The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 He is

“‘The stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “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. 17 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.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. 20 For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

 

 

Introduction

  • Review
    • July 6 – Missional Church – stood up
    • July 20 – Fears of sharing
    • Any stories -
  • Things are stirring
    • We look forward to change sometimes
      • Kids being potty trained
      • Exercising
    • Sometimes not
      • Spiritual life
      • Holy Spirit
  • What we don’t see – Double Image
    • Glasses have two lenses – your culture and another
    • You learn more about Scripture by looking through your culture AND another (Mission trips, Cursillo, YATEC, TEC)
      • Psalms 126:5, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy”
  • How you look at this is based on your Worldview
    • Correct behavior
    • Worldview Definition -
    • Soul of culture –
    • Most difficult part of culture to articulate and change (Tanner & Kristin)
    • Iceberg – goes deep
  • Worldview lens affects Interpretation
    • E.g. sickness
    • Bren sleep habits

Vs 2 - There is a Great Disturbance   

Who is upset and why?

Ø  Temple Guard

Ø  Sadducees

o   No Resurrection of body

o   Loyal to Romans  

Ø  High priest Family

o   nepotist-favoritism, an evil man giving gift

What happened to Peter and John?

We do not like CHANGE

They were filled with the Spirit. vs. 8 & 31

·         Greek word of outward filling, not inward (pimplemi)

o   Matt. 27:48 – sponge filled with wine vinegar

o   Acts 2:4 – Pentecost – speaking in tongues

·         Inward filling – (plēroō) – saturation – Jn. 12:3

o   Acts 6:5 – Stephen full of faith & H.Spirit

Vs 7 - By the name of Jesus Christ

·         This was like declaring WAR (How serious are you)

·         vs. 11 - Peter quoted Ps. 118:22 the Stone

Vs. 12 - Jesus is not only the Healer, but also the Savior.  Peter & John were concerned with the Jews salvation (We believe for salvation, but not for power)

Now what? Sadducees were stuck between a rock and a hard place

  • Miracle was real – Man standing before them (YATEC, Cursillo, life)

·         Ordinary men speaking, doing this – disciples of They had been with Jesus (they could not help it)

Sadducees tried to kill it again

African Proverb – Where Heart is, Feet will follow

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