Sermon Notes 10/31/21 “The Apostles 2nd Arrest”

Part 2 – Acts 5:12-32 The Apostles’ 2nd Arrest
“…‘what must I do to be saved?’ They said,
‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” Acts 16:30-31 (NASB)
Key x-References – The early Christians were persecuted for preaching Jesus
Acts 4:18-22 (NASB) *First instance of godly non-violent ‘civil disobedience’ in Acts “And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.” Note: Christian civil disobedience includes acceptance of consequences
Acts 2:22-24 (NASB) *The purpose of sign miracles – to authenticate the message “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”
John 4:47-48 (NASB) *Some people were just out for a free lunch!
“When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and was imploring Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe.’” Note: Some people still place too much emphasis on miracles (cf. John 6:26)
John 19:38 (NASB) *Don’t be a ‘Lady Clairol Christian’ – Only God knows for sure! “After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.”
Luke 24:45-48 (NASB) *The apostles were preaching repentance in Jesus’ name
“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.’”
Acts 2:37-39 (NASB) *Repentance and faith in the promise – 2 sides of the same coin “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”
Acts 9:31 (NASB)
The Book of Acts Series #14 10/31/21
The Birth and Expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ “…you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (NASB)
Introduction – The transitional nature of the Book of Acts 1:1-5 I. Christian witness in Jerusalem 1:6-8:3
A. The Risen Lord – The 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection & ascension 1:6-26 B. Pentecost – Outpouring of the Holy Spirit – The birthday of the Church 2:1-47 C. Healing the lame man in the Temple, Peter’s 2nd Sermon 3:1-26
D. The beginning of persecution 4:1-37
E. Purging from within, more persecution from without 5:1-41

  1. Ananias & Sapphira – Don’t try to lie to God—it doesn’t work! 5:1-11
  2. The apostles’ 2nd run-in with the Jewish authorities 5:12-32
    a. More “signs and wonders” done by the Spirit through the apostles 12-16 b. The true motive for the apostles’ arrest 5:17-18
    c. The apostles miraculous angelic deliverance from the prison 5:19-23
    d. The apostles brought before the council again 5:24-28
    e. Peter’s response/explanation for the apostles ‘civil disobedience’ 5:29-32
  3. Gamaliel’s wise counsel – for then and now —> Deliverance 5:33-41 F. Choosing co-laborers – The first deacons 6:1-7
    G. Stephen, the first martyr 6:8-8:3
    II. Christian witness in Palestine and Syria 8:4-12:25 A. The Christians Scattered 8:4-40
    B. The Conversion of Paul 9:1-31
    C. The Conversion of Gentiles 9:32-11:30
    D. The Christians Persecuted by Herod 12:1-25
    III. Christian witness to the uttermost part of the earth 13:1-28:31
    A. The First Missionary Journey 13:1-14:28
    B. The Council at Jerusalem 15:1-35
    C. The Second Missionary Journey 15:36-18:22 D. The Third Missionary Journey 18:23-21:26 E. The Journey to Rome 21:27-28:27
    Conclusion 28:28-31
    Key Verse(s) – The apostles 2nd example of godly ‘civil disobedience’ (cf. 4:18-22) Acts 5:29-32 (NASB) *We must obey God when man’s commands conflict with God’s “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.’”
    “…the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52 (NASB)

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