Acts Chapter 4:1-17
Verse of the Week
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
The Big Idea
God uses unschooled, ordinary people to multiply God’s kingdom.
John and Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, just performed an amazing miracle. A lame beggar was just healed and it drew a lot of attention. It really got the attention of the religious groups such as priests, Sadducees and temple guards. They asked John and Peter “by what power or what name did you do this? As Peter began to speak, the Holy Spirit gave them boldness to declare the name of Jesus. Satan has tried ever since the garden to stop God’s perfect plan. Thankfully he has been unable to stop the kingdom of God from growing. We see, even as the disciples are arrested about 5000 people come to believe IN Jesus!
We see 2 types of people in these verses. The first group is a group of religious people. They have knowledge of scriptures, they fasted, they prayed, they are devoted to the things of God and they are even in full time ministry. The other group of people are disciples of Jesus (Peter and John). We are told that these are unschooled and ordinary men. However, Peter and John had something that the religious people did not. They had the Holy Spirit living in them and they had been with Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were able to do some pretty powerful things such as speak boldly the name of Jesus, perform miracles and help grow God’s kingdom. It is important to notice that it is possible to go to church, pray, fast and even do things for God but totally miss Jesus! The Saducess, priest and temple guards missed Jesus and He was standing right in front of them. Matter of fact, this group of people is who actually had Jesus Crucified.
All through the Bible, God uses normal, ordinary and broken people to accomplish His mission. The reason is to show His power and ultimately for His Glory. Have the group read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
Who is Jesus to you? Is He Lord of your life?
Are you bold when it comes to speaking the name of Jesus? Why or why not?
All through the Bible, God uses ordinary people to accomplish His mission. Can you give a few examples?
If you could do anything for the Glory of God and knew it wouldn’t fail, what would you do? Then why aren’t you doing it?
Have the group read the rest of chapter 4 and chapter 5 throughout the week. If time permits, you can read it in the group and discuss.
Weekly Discussion Questions:
What were the key ingredients that made the early church so successful?
What was your main takeaway from this chapter?
What is our next step for this group?