Summary: Peter & John Under Pressure. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). The Colonnade (vs 12)
(2). The Jail (vs 18)
(3). The Temple Courts (vs 21)
(4). The Court Room (vs 27)
(5). House to House (vs 42)
(1). Power on the Porch (Vs 12-16)
(2). Joy in Jail (vs 17-20)
(3). Teaching in the Temple (vs 21)
(4). Courage before the court (vs 27)
• Last we you looked at verses 1-16 the story of Ananias and Sapphira.
• How they try to deceive the other members of the fellowship;
• As well as lying to God by being dishonest.
• Being honest is not always easy.
• I like the story of tThe children in a prominent American family;
• Who for a birthday present;
• Decided to give their father a book of the family’s history.
• They commissioned a professional biographer to do the work,
• Carefully warning him of the family’s ‘black sheep;
• Who was called Uncle George.
• Uncle George had been executed in the electric chair for murder.
• “No problem said the biographer,
• I can handle that situation so that there will be no embarrassment”.
• The biographer assured the children.
‘I’ll merely say that Uncle George occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important Government Institution. He was attached to his position by the strongest ties and his death came as a real shock.’
Note: A simple outline of this chapter is:
• In verses 1-11 we saw opposition to the Church from within;
• In verses 12-42 we will see opposition to the Church from outside forces.
Notice: That Acts chapter 5 is a series of places:
• Joke - Talking of places – I like the story of the man who;
• Went to a restaurant that had a sign hanging up that said;
• ‘They served breakfast at any time’.
• So he ordered English breakfast during the Reign of Charles 2nd!
• Now if you scan through Acts chapter 5 with me;
• You will see that a variety of places are mentioned.
(A). The Places:
(1). The Colonnade (vs 12):
“The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people.
And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade”
• Solomon’s colonnade was becoming a regular meeting place for Christians to meet together.
• Don’t forget that Church buildings had not yet been invented.
• Buildings came much later
• On Google someone had asked the question:
• “Where was the first church ever built and who ordered it to be build?”
• The first answer to that question was:
• “The first church was built by Jesus Christ. It is entire the world.”
• Well the answer is half right – the full answer should have said:
• “The first church was built by Jesus Christ. It is made up of every single Christian.”
• Note: We have said it often that you don’t go to Church;
• Because YOU (if you are a believer) are the Church.
In Acts chapter 5 these first Christians recognised the importance of meeting together;
• Regularly meeting together as Christians;
• Should never be an optional extra – it is a basic essential if we mean business with God!
• This Church (group of believers) needed somewhere big enough for them to meet;
• Somewhere big enough to hold a lot of people.
• If you can cast your mind back to Acts chapter 4 verse 4:
• The Church in Jerusalem was rather large;
• It was made up of about 5,000 men plus women & kids.
These Christians met in Solomon's Colonnade;
• This was a long porch:
• Stretching along, the eastern side of the temple courtyard.
• It sounds grand and the architecture was grand;
• But if you were there;
• It would have felt anything but a dignified religious sight;
• It was full of the sick and the feeble, the diseased, the afflicted and the disabled.
• It was full of beggars, the unfortunates of society.
• So this grand colonnade;
• Actually looked like a cross between a card-board city and a General Hospital.
(So the first place mentioned is a porch, a colonnade - the second place mentioned is:
(2). The Jail (vs 18):
“They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail”.
• Joke – Talking of jail – I like the story of…
• The woman who was in court for stealing a tin of pineapples;
• The judge said he was going to send her to jail for every pineapple-chunk in the tin.
• At that point her husband shouted out; “She also stole a tin of peas!”
Now what a contrast, the architecture of the colonnade is to a depressing “Public Jail".