Acts 4 picks up right where Acts 3 left off: Peter and John's sermon at the Temple. At the end of their sermon, they are arrested and brought before the council of "rules, elders, and scribes." Here, they are asked about their preaching and how they were able to cure the man mentioned in chapter 3. Peter gives his response.
New year’s are always filled with new resolutions. Promises to take up healthy habits and kick the unhealthy ones. My prayer is that one of your resolutions for this year will be to engage with scripture just a bit more.
If you need a bit of an "Acts Refresher," look back at the other blog posts.
While we won’t be able to cover all of Acts 1, 2, and 3 in this bible study I’ve written, we can focus in on a few verses to help get you started.
When most of us think of the New Testament, we likely imagine one of two things: Gospels or Letters. The Gospels, of course, detail the life and ministry of Jesus. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all take a somewhat different perspective to teach us about Jesus. The Letters, or Epistles, mainly authored by (or attributed to) the Apostle Paul, give us a glimpse into Paul's attempts to pastor many of the churches he set up in his ministry. The Acts of the Apostles is slightly different. Set following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the author of Acts paints a portrait of Christian life after Jesus as the disciples attempt to follow Jesus' teachings and resist the power of the Roman Empire. About half way through the 28 chapter volume we met the Apostle Paul and follow him through the beginning of his ministry.
If you're anything like me, you've likely made plans to be a more diligent reader of scripture. If you're really like me, those plans don't always come to fruition. Life has a way of stopping us from settling into a routine. It takes time, dedication, and a bit of faith to settle into a consistent and steady practice of reading scripture. So before we actually begin looking at Acts, we're going to prepare to undertake this study together.