Courageous     Acts 4: 1-13 HCSB     April 03, 2016

 

Introduction

Simon Peter was not courageous when he stood by the fire warming his hands and some accused him of being a friend and associate of Jesus.  So what caused Simon to change and become so bold?  I think the conversation he had with Jesus after the resurrection made a big difference to him and then the empowering of the Holy Spirit.  You and I can become more fearless as we also become empowered by the Spirit.  We can be courageous.  Amen?  Amen! 

 

1.    Courageous and Blessed . . Proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus and the Power to Save.    4:1-7

A.   Proclaiming the Resurrection . .  Expecting God to Bless.   4:1-3

1 Now as they were speaking to the people, the priests, the commander of the temple guard, and the

Sadducees confronted them,

2 because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in the person of Jesus the

resurrection from the dead.

3 So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.

4 But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.

 

B.    Proclaiming the Resurrection  . .  Eager To Speak about Jesus.   4:5-7

5 The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem

6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and all the members of the high‑priestly

family.

7 After they had Peter and John stand before them, they asked the question: "By what power or in what

name have you done this?"

 

Peter and John were eager to tell the Jewish leaders that their power came because they magnified

Jesus.  Of course the fact that the Holy Spirit was empowering them gave them the power to exult Jesus in

a way they could not have done without Him.  If people analyzed what took place it had to include

thousands of people placing their faith in the Lordship of Christ.  The text says about 5,000 men.  You can

estimate the ladies at perhaps 4,000 and children at 2,000 and safely state around ten to eleven thousand.

All of that because some preachers were preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.  Top that off with the fact a lame man had been healed and you have a town in an uproar.

 

2.    Courageous and Blessed As . . Many Questions are Answered.   4:8-12

A.   Many Questions As They . .  Exult the Power of Jesus.   4:8-10

8 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 the

Nazarene—whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead—by Him this man is standing here

before you healthy.

 

B.    Many Questions As They . .  Exult the Power of Jesus.   4:11-12

11 This Jesus is The stone despised by you builders, who 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."

 


Simon stood to boldly proclaim the reason the disabled man was standing by him.  He told them it was caused through the name and power of Jesus.  He did not cowardly boast of Jesus, he did it with a joy demonstrating what Jesus did.  He went on to tell the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the only way of salvation.  He stated there is salvation in no other name.  Why?  Because there is no other name under heaven given where by you can be saved.  Did Simon hurt some people’s feelings?  Perhaps but he did not offend Jesus.  He simply told the truth about Jesus.  Today we need to be careful not to offend our Lord and the truth about salvation he came to provide.

 

3.    Courageous and Blessed As The Jewish Leaders . . Recognize the Boldness of the Apostles.   4:13

A.   Recognize the Boldness of the Apostles . . Even Without Education.   4:13a

13 When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and

untrained men,

 

B.    Recognize the Boldness of the Apostles Giving  . . Evidence they had been with Jesus.   4:13b

“. . . they were amazed and knew that they had been with Jesus.   (HCSB.)

 

It is interesting to note the Jewish leaders saw the evidence that Simon and John had been with Jesus.

The  fact that Jesus changes and empowers a life was evident in these men.   The fact that a disabled

man stood before them by the power Jesus gave to healed him was evident.  Simon and John were bold in

their speech to these men and it was obvious to everyone.  The power of the Holy Spirit was on Simon as he

spoke and gave evidence to a healing miracle in the power God gives.  He also empowered boldness in their

speech and this was particularly evident as the Apostles were Courageous.  Amen?  Amen!