biblestudy: Acts (Part 6)
Acts 4-5:11 Peter and John's Boldness and Courage
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 06-Sep-88; Sermon #BS-AC06; 88 minutes
John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the persecution of the apostles in the fourth chapter. Peter, inspired by God's Holy Spirit, demonstrated exemplary boldness and courage before the Sadducees (zealous influential movers and shakers of the Jewish community, descendents of the Maccabees), religious leaders who feared losing their power and influence. Peter, John, and the early church had confidence in God's absolute sovereignty, realizing that no human authority could thwart God's power. This powerful conviction gave them confidence to endure their trials, submitting to whatever God had prepared for them, realizing that God uses trials to further His ultimate purpose for them. The last portion of this chapter illustrates the exemplary, voluntary generosity exhibited in the early church.
Achan Annas Ananias and Sapphira Barnabus Caiphas Chief priests Despot Elders Free moral agency Hereditary office Holy Spirit Persecution Sadducees Sovereignty of God Trial Way of escape