The Boldness of Peter

TEXT:† Acts 4:21-22

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† KEY PHRASE:† ďBecause of the People

B.††††† TOO MANY ARE CONCERNED WITH WHAT OTHERS THINK.

I.†††† BACKGROUND Ė ABUNDANT EVIDENCE.

A.††††† THE HEALING OF† THE LAME MAN.† WHO WAS HE?

††††††††† 1.†††††† 3:2.† From his motherís womb.

††††††††† 2.†††††† 4:22.† More than 40 years old.

††††††††† 3.†††††† 3:2.† Laid daily at the door of the temple.

††††††††† 4.†††††† 3:2.† Asked alms of the people.

††††††††† 5.†††††† 3:10.† Well known.

††††††††† 6.†††††† 3:6-10.† Healed in the name of Jesus (3:13, 16;† 4:8-10)

B.††††† PETERíS SERMON:

††††††††† 1.†††††† 3:9-11.† The occasion.

††††††††† 2.†††††† 3:12-26.† The sermon itself.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† The purpose of the miracle (3:13a).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† The accusation (3:13b-15).

†††††††††††††††††† c.†††††† The resurrection (3:15).

†††††††††††††††††† d.†††††† The prophets (3:18-26).

††††††††† 3.†††††† 4:1-4.† The Reaction.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† The captain of the temple and the Sadduccees (4:1-3).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† The People (4:4).

C.††††† THE TRIAL:

††††††††† 1.†††††† 4:5-6.† Who was there?† Annas, the High Priest, Caiaphas, John,† Alexander.

††††††††† 2.†††††† 4:7.† Captious question?

††††††††† 3.†††††† 4:8-12.† Peterís Defense.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† To the point,† Peter defines the question (4:8-9).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† In the Name of Jesus of Nazereth (4:10).

†††††††††††††††††† c.†††††† The accusation again (4:10).

†††††††††††††††††† d.†††††† The claim:† The Resurrection.

†††††††††††††††††† e.†††††† 4:11.† Prophesied (Psa. 118:22).

†††††††††††††††††† f.††††††† 4:12.† The assertion (John 14:6;† 10:1).

††††††††† 4.†††††† 4:13-18.† The Councilís Reaction.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Acknowledged Peter and Johnís background as fishermen.† Marvelled.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† Acknowledged the miracle (4:14, 16).

†††††††††††††††††† c.†††††† Disbelieved anyway!

†††††††††††††††††† d.†††††† The threat (4:17-18).

D.††††† PETERíS BOLD ANSWER (4:19-20).

II.††† MANY LESSONS:

A.††††† FROM PETERíS ANSWER (4:19-20).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Hearken to God, not to man (Gal. 1:8-9;† Col. 2:8;† 2 John 9).

††††††††† 2.†††††† ďWe saw and heardĒ (vs. 20;† 3:15;† 2 Cor. 4:7-15).

B.††††† A LESSON IN COURAGE.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Cowardice of the Council (vs. 21).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Ill treatment instead of refuting what was said Ė no repentance either.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† Common reaction (Matt. 21:23-27;† John 12:42-43).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Courage of Peter and John.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Mark of Godís servant (Acts 7:51-52;† John 15:18-21).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† History teaches us (Heb. 11:32-40).

†††††††††††††††††† c.†††††† Luke 6:26.

III.†† APPLICATIONS:

A.††††† WHO ARE WE TRYING TO PLEASE? (Gal. 1:10;† Matt. 6:1).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Doing right makes enemies (Gal. 4:16).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Acts 5:29.

B.††††† DO WE FEAR CONSEQUENCES? (Matt. 10:28;† Rom. 8:31-39).

DOES THE CHURCH SUFFER BECAUSE WE ARE TOO TIMID?

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† HAVE YOU SUFFERED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE?

††††††††† IF YOU WERE ARRESTED FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN,

††††††††† WOULD THERE BE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT YOU?

B.††††† WHEN SUFFERING, WHO ARE YOU MOST LIKE?