Acts Chapter Four (NIV)
Acts Chapter Four (NASB)
Verses 1-12: Peter and John get arrested for preaching.
Verses 13-22: Peter and John are threatened and released.
Verses 23-31: The believers pray for boldness.
Verses 31-37: Life in the early Christian community.
II. KEY PASSAGES
(A) Acts 4:1-3--"As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening." Hmmm. Local leaders get upset that a group is preaching, so they put them in jail until the next day, since it was already evening. Why does this sound familiar?
(B) Acts 4:10-11--Notice that Peter continues to emphasize Jesus' death, resurrection, and deity. This message is accompanied by the further evidence of a miraculous healing.
(C) Acts 4:12--"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
(D) Acts 4:19-20--"But Peter and John answered and said to them, 'Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.'" Christians are generally to obey authorities. But we are called to civil disobedience when preaching is prohibited.
(E) Acts 4:29-31--In response to threats and intimidation, the disciples pray for God to enable them to preach the Gospel with greater boldness. God answers their prayer.