October 23rd 2016
(Acts 4:8-13) 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 man who was lame and are being 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) Jesus is“‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ (12) Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind 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.
1.Courage is a great word
-I see it all the time in church life.
-the word (Gr: parrysia) appears about 10 times.
-courage, confident, fearless, openly speaking and confident behaviour.
-confident before God
Access to God
(Ephesians 3:12) In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
-show we are in the household of God
(Hebrews 3:6) But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
-Into the holy place
(Hebrews 10:19) Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus
-confidence before men
(Hebrews 10:35-36) So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (36) You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
2.Courage can be observed
-though unschooled (inexperienced, untrained) people see
-though lacking in skill for a particular group, we believe. (job interview)
3.How did Peter and John get courage?
-been with Jesus
-came back from big mistake through God’s grace.
(Mark 16:7) But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’
-Holy Spirit filling (again and again).
(Acts 2:1-4, 4:8) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (4:8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!
-Speak what you have seen and heard.
(Acts 4:18-20) 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, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! (20) As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Lifegroup Questions and Prayer
1.Do you have courage to enter into the presence of God at all times?
2.Do you have increasing courage?
3.Let’s pray to be filled with the Spirit again.