True Disciples of Christ (Acts 4:1-31)Rev. Mike Muthengi, July 31, 2016
Part of the Empowered For Giving series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service
In his book, “The Blood of Martyrs,” Leigh Churchill describes graphically the journey of many followers of Christ from Pentecost to Theodosius (just about AD 397). It is a journey of trials but also triumphs as Godly men and women were called to account for their faith in severe persecutions. What is encouraging though is how they stood for their faith and in doing so exhibited marks of true Disciples of Christ. Although we may not be able to identify with these scenarios in our comfort of the 21st century, we can see a little bit of it in the early church from Acts 4. We pray that we too can be real witnesses of our saving Lord in our day to day lives.
Read Acts 4: 1-31
1. Describe what is happening in this passage
2. Why do you think the Peter and John responded this way?
3. Discuss the following:
a) What key characteristics of commitment to Christ do we see demonstrated here by John, Peter and the rest of the fellowship? (See vs. 2; 8-13; 19-20; 23-24; 31).
b) How can we ensure that these characteristics are developing in our lives as individuals and as a fellowship?
c) As you conclude the fellowship, spend some time in prayer that God may enable you to exhibit these qualities and that those who look at you and your fellowship will know that you have been with Jesus (4:13).
Memory Verse: Act 4:13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
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