Summary: The Church in Prayer - Acts chapter 4 verses 23-31 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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• They Prayed initially (vs 23)

• They Prayed collectively (vs 24)

• They prayed confidently (vs 24&28)

• They prayed biblically (vs 25-26)

• They prayed expectantly (vs 30-31)



• A man went to the doctors complaining about his loud snoring;

• The doctor asked him; “Does it keep your wife awake at night?”

• He replied, “My wife! Why it keeps the whole congregation awake!”

• TRANSITION: No preacher wants to send his congregation to sleep;

• If we are honest we all want to make an impact!


• A young preacher said to an older preacher;

• “Sometimes when I preached there was a great outpouring of blessing,

• But at other times, there seemed to be an out-and-out famine”.

• The older college said to him;

• "Have you ever tried to breathe out three times while only breathing in once?"

• The young guy replied; "No."

• "Then try it." Said the older college.

• So the younger man duly obliged, and he found it was impossible.

• So the younger man said to the older college; "It can’t be done,"

• The older college just nodded and smiled and said; “There’s your answer."

• TRANSITION: If we want to be effective in our preaching & evangelism;

• We must make sure we are taking in as well as giving out!

• And that is one of the key lessons from this passage in Acts chapter 4.


• The context is evangelism (sharing our faith with others);

• Last week you probably noted that

• Peter and John stood before the Sanhedrin (Jewish court);

• Their crime verse 2 tells us was: “Teaching and preaching about the risen Christ”.

• And they are ordered by the authorities to be silent, to shut up!

• Their crime was telling other people about Jesus!

• And in verse 31 at the end of today’s passage, we read:

• “Filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God boldly!

• Once again their priority was telling other people about Jesus!


• Mercedes Benz was the company who first produced a car body design;

• That was able to absorb the force of a collision on impact.

• One Mercedes Benz TV commercial shows their car;

• Colliding with a cement wall during a safety test.

• Since then of course many other car companies have followed its design.

• Someone then asks the company spokesman,

• "Why they do not enforce their patent on the Mercedes Benz energy-absorbing car body?"

• He reply was very insightful, he said:

• "Because some things in life are too important not to share."

• TRANSITION: That is what these very first Christian believe;

• That the gospel is too important not too share!'


• Then Sanhedrin (religious Jewish council) decides to releases them.

• And they immediately go back to the other Christians and start to pray.

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Randy Hamel

commented on Feb 1, 2017

Thanks for sharing this. An awesome message and so helpful to me today

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