Boldness in the Face of Persecution (Acts 4:1-31)

Boldness in the Face of Persecution Acts 4

Acts 4:1-31

I. Reactions to preaching

    A. The religious leaders were unhappy (Acts 4:1-3)
    B. HOWEVER “many believed” (Acts 4:4; 2:47; 5:14; 5:42-6:1; 17:6)

II. Opposition to the early church

    A. Peter and John before the council (Acts 4:5-7)
    B. Peter’s answer (Acts 4:8-12; 2:36; 2:24; Psalm 118:22; Matthew 1:21; John 14:6)
    C. The council’s reaction (Acts 4:13)
    D. The council’s opposition (Acts 4:14-18)
    E. Peter and John refused (Acts 4:19-22; 5:29)

III. The reaction of the early church to persecution

    A. Praise (Acts 4:23-28)
    B. Prayer for boldness (Acts 4:29-30)
    C. God’s answer (Acts 4:31)

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