04 July 2021 (am) – Acts 5:12-42
|Andy Bruins preaching from Acts on Sunday 4th July 2021.
The Apostles continue to minister in the Temple complex, and their ministry draws crowds from all the towns around Jerusalem. This arouses the jealousy of the Jewish authorities and once again the Apostles are arrested and imprisoned. The second half of chapter 5 tells a wonderful little story of how an angel of the Lord sets them free and instructs them to return to their preaching! It’s a story that once again echoes the Peters response in 4:19 (cf. 5:29), that this movement and this message is from God, and it is to Him that we must listen, rather than to men.
Q Read v12-15. What do you think the citizens of Jerusalem made of this new movement? What does the contrast between v13 and v14 tell you?
Q Read v17-26. Why are the Apostles arrested? What does this tell you about the priorities of the high priest and his associates?
Q How does this compare with the response Jesus got in Mark 3:1-6?
Q Read v27-33. How do the Apostles respond to the Sanhedrin? How can you explain their response in v33?
Q Read v34-42. What is it about Gamaliel’s advice that you think persuades them? Is it good advice?
Q How does this story challenge us as followers of Christ today?