Acts: Bold Courage
Acts: Bold Courage!
Dr. Jim Bohrer
Acts 4:7-12; 16-20 NLT
7They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
12There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
16“What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. 17But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” 18So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
19But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
I. GOD CALLS YOU TO SEEK PEACE BUT HE NEVER PROMISES YOU WILL BE ____________________.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
II. YOU’LL NEVER GO WRONG WHEN YOU STICK WITH THE ___________ OF CHRIST. (ACTS 4:12)
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III. REMEMBER SATAN WILL USE THE FEAR OF ___________ OR ___________ TO PUT YOU IN A CORNER.
“Let me have this power, too,” he exclaimed, “so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!”
IV. _________ FOR GOD’S PURPOSE, NOT YOUR COMFORT.
A. COMFORT OFTEN LEADS TO ________________
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
B. ____________ PRODUCES THE _______________ OF CHRIST.
• EVALUATE YOUR PRAYER LIFE. DO YOU PRAY FOR BOLDNESS? DO YOU HAVE PEOPLE WITH WHOM YOU PRAY?
• EVALUATE YOUR PRAYER LIFE THIS WEEK. DO YOU PRAY FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE?
• EVALUATE YOUR PRIORITIES? DO YOU PUT GOD FIRST? IN WORK? FINANCES? FAMILY?
IF GOD WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR CALENDAR AND BANK ACCOUNT, WOULD HE FIND ROOM FOR HIMSELF.
• BE HONEST ABOUT THE FEARS THAT HOLD YOU BACK. SAHRE THAT WITH SOMEONE THIS WEEK. ASK GOD FOR BOLDNESS AND COURAGE.