Our study of the book of Acts is well underway! We’ve covered the very early days of the church, from Jesus’ ascension to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and have touched upon the miraculous explosive growth in the resulting days. By Acts 4, however, the shadow of persecution was beginning to loom over the believers, as the religious leaders were disturbed by the truth that refused to die. The disciples, on the other hand, were increasingly committed to prayer, trusting that God had a much bigger plan.
In what situations do you find yourself praying most easily? Explain.
- Read Acts 4:1-22. What do the religious leaders want to know about the healing described in Acts 3:1-10?
- What does Peter make most prominent in his defense?
- What strikes you as the boldest part of Peter’s defense?
- How do the authorities know that Peter and John were people who “had been with Jesus” (v.13)?
- How are Christians to show respect both for human authorities and God’s authority?
- Read Acts 4:23-31. How does this Scripture passage set a context that helps those early Christians understand and deal with their own situation?
- Who or what is opposing your witness or your church’s witness for Christ?
These questions, among others, will be the focal point of our conversation this coming Thursday morning. Hope to see you!
Love in Christ,
Disclaimer: These questions have been drawn from N.T. Wright’s study guide on the book of Acts, and are posted here to provide a general sample of the in-depth study each chapter entails. Though the study guide is not required for participation in our weekly study, it is an excellent resource for advanced study of God’s word.