April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
This weekend’s reading: Luke 24:13-35
The text today from Acts chapter 4 has Peter and John reporting back to the believers about their experience before the rulers and officials. Earlier, they had healed a man in the name of Jesus and were telling everyone about the good news of Jesus’ resurrection. Because the leaders feared this teaching and this miracle, they called Peter and John in to explain themselves. Peter and John tell them exactly what they had been telling the crowd; they healed the man through the power of the risen Jesus and that through Jesus God has provided a way for salvation. The officials are astonished and confused by their bold proclamation. They do not know what to do with Peter and John because all the people are talking about the healing they performed. So they threaten them and order them to stop preaching about Jesus. “But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard'” (Acts 4:19-20). They will continue to speak boldly about the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection. They pray together with their fellow believers when they return, asking for God to continue to work through them, to empower them to speak boldly, and to perform signs and wonders all for the glory of God. God hears their prayer. The place they were meeting shakes, and they go out encouraged and strengthened and filled with the Holy Spirit to boldly speak the Word of God.
QUESTIONS FOR THE FIELD
- When have you been asked to give an account of your actions?
- Did that make you afraid to tell the truth? Or were you able to speak boldly about what you had done and why?
- Have you ever felt inspired or empowered to speak the word of God boldly?
FAMILY FIELD TALK
- How can you tell other people about the Good News of Jesus this week?
God, fill us with the Holy Spirit. Help us to speak boldly about what we have seen and heard in your name. Use us to bring glory to God. Amen.