Acts 4:5-12

January 20, 2019
Pastor Jeff Struecker

Sermon Notes

I. Turn the talk

Acts 4:5-7
The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family. 7 After they had Peter and John stand before them, they began to question them: “By what power or in what name have you done this?”

II. Listen for the Holy Spirit

Acts 4:8-10
Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man, by what means he was healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing here before you healthy.

III. Get personal

Acts 4:11-12
This Jesus is the stone rejected by you builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”

Next Steps

• Today, Jesus’s good news reached my soul for the first time. I surrendered to him this morning.
– I have let fear stop me from talking about Jesus in the past. Pray that I will listen to the Holy Spirit and not my fears this week.
+ I will take an opportunity to reach someone this week.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the scariest part about sharing your faith?
  2. Do you have a story of a personal miracle that you can share with someone?
  3. Read Luke 21:13-15.
    a. Do these verses imply that you shouldn’t be prepared for a gospel conversation? Explain your answer.
    b. If we should be prepared to talk to someone ahead of time, how does Jesus give us the words to say in this midst of the conversation?
  4. How do you know when the Holy Spirit is prompting you to talk to someone about Jesus? Be specific.
  5. Can you really share your faith without sharing your heart with someone? Explain your answer.
  6. Pray for the opportunities that you will have this week.

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