Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
October 20, 2019 Worship Service
Acts 4:1-31 “Rock the House” ~ Pastor Kirk Flaa
Locations & Times
  • Living Word Free Lutheran Church
    7901 S Meredith Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
    Sonntag 8:00 AM, Sonntag 9:30 AM, Sonntag 11:00 AM


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SERMON: Acts 4:1-31 “Rock the House”

“Peter and John rocked the house for Jesus. How did they do it?”

1. They Feared No Man

2. They Spent Time with Jesus

3. They Were Men of Prayer

“Rock the house for Jesus and shake the world around you!"
1. Recount a time you went against the advice or consultation of someone else and pursued your own way or idea. What was the result and was this a wise course of action? Now consider Peter and John, and think upon their response as the religious elite and power brokers of the day demanded that they be silent and no longer speak about Jesus. How would you respond in the same situation?
2. The Bible presents persecution as an inevitable element of Christian life. Read the following texts and discuss how persecution is taking place today, and how we are to respond to it. Reflect especially upon the prayer offered up in verses 24-30 and the principles it sets forth as a response to persecution. Matthew 5:11-12; 24:7-10; John 15:18-20; Romans 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:4; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 5:8.
3. In response to persecution, the early church became even bolder in their in their witness. How vocal is our church when it comes to proclaiming the Gospel to a hostile culture? How bold are you in this same area? What steps can be taken to grow in our faithfulness and boldness in proclaiming the Gospel?
4. Spiritual leaders are important to the church. Who have been effective spiritual leaders in your own life? Why? Our sermon text illustrates strong leadership within the early church on behalf of Peter and John. Discuss what constituted strong leadership in this narrative and its impact upon the church.
5. Once again we see the important role of prayer in the church. Review the following Scriptures as a ‘warm up’ and then respond to the questions: What does a prayer-filled life indicate about one’s relationship with God? What does a prayer-less or ‘pray-little’ life reveal about one’s relationship with God? How can a church set an example for prayer? How is your own prayer life at the present, and what factors influence it for better and for worse? Psalm 3:4, 42:1-2, 143:1; Jeremiah 29:12-13; Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 5:16; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 4:16.
6. Are you recognizable by the time you have spent with Jesus (v. 13)? Why or why not?

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