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To the Ends of the Earth: "A Good Deed" - Acts 4:1-22

To the Ends of the Earth: "A Good Deed" - Acts 4:1-22

Senior Pastor Jon Saur

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StoneBridge Community Church

4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA

Saturday 5:15 PM

Sunday 5:20 PM

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The Text in Context

"Because of the intensity of their opposition, I believe the rendering 'came up to them' in verse one is an understatement. They came stomping up to Peter and John, seizing them and putting them in jail for the night... they would hold them in confinement until they could hear their case in the morning. We might therefore expect that when these religious leaders... seized Peter and John and led them off to jail, that those in the crowd would be reluctant to identify with Jesus and His apostles. Such was not the case. In spite of the opposition, Luke informs us that..."  Click link to read more.
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Sermon Outline:

1. Trials and Persecution

2. Jesus' Warnings

3. Persecution Complex

4. Why Peter and John Are Put on Trial

5. A Good Deed
Next Steps

1. Memorize Peter and John's response in Acts 4:19-20.

2. Pray that these verses would inspire confidence in you to share the news of Jesus' resurrection.
GROWTH GROUP / PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. In Acts 4:1-7, Peter and John are arrested and brought before a council. What are the reasons given for their arrest? Why exactly are they facing a trial?

2. In what parts of the world do you think Christians are persecuted for their faith today?

3. How can you tell if someone is being persecuted for their faith or being justly prosecuted?

4. In verses 8-12, Peter boldly testifies about Jesus Christ and His resurrection. How can we effectively communicate our beliefs in the face of skepticism or opposition today?

5. In verses 10-12, Peter emphasizes the power and importance of the name of Jesus. Why is the name of Jesus so significant in Christian faith and practice?

6. In Acts 4:13-22, Peter and John remain steadfast. What can we learn from their courage and response to persecution?

5. Reflecting on Acts 4:19-20, Peter and John declare that they cannot stop speaking about what they have seen and heard. How can we become more effective in sharing our faith?

Acts - Chapter Four

Acts - Chapter Four
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