“A Time of Testing” – Acts 4:1-31
After receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus followers would never be the same.
We don’t/can’t always anticipate the full effect of our actions.
Peter and John, a couple of fishermen, were jailed for healing the crippled man in the name of Jesus Christ.
It matters not where we come from. God changes and uses us for His purpose.
The disciples and all of the believers felt the pressure of the present Jewish culture against them.
Though we are encouraged by our culture to live for ourselves, the Holy Spirit gives us strength to keep Jesus first and to follow ONLY Jesus.
1. If you were arrested for following Jesus, what would you do?
2. What is the attitude of our culture toward for living for Christ? What pressures or limitations do you face? How do you deal with them?
3. How do you picture or view God? What do you think shapes that view? How do you let God shape your understanding of His character?
4. What has God done or what is He doing in your life that you can’t help speaking about? How do you let other people know about the work God is doing in your life?
5. Read and discuss the following versus. Luke 12:11-12, Proverbs 1:7, Amos 5:21-24, Colossians 4:2, 1 John 1:9. How do they encourage and help us to pursue transparency with God and fellow Christians?