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Summary: When your government is ungodly: 1. Stick together with God's people (vs. 23-24). 2. Seek God's help (vs. 24-31). 3. Speak the truth about Jesus (vs. 31).

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When Your Government Is Ungodly - Part 3

Acts 4:23-31

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - July 28, 2013

BACKGROUND:

*Tonight we finish our study of the great miracle that took place in Acts 3. Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray, and they met a beggar who had been lame for all of his life. The man asked for money, and in Acts 3:6-9:

6. Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.''

7. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking, leaping, and praising God.

9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

*The great crowd of people in the Temple was filled with wonder over this miracle. And Peter gave all the glory to God, as he began to preach about the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter talked about the cross and the wonderful good news of Christ's resurrection.

*Acts 4:4 tells us that 5,000 men were saved that day, when believed in the Lord! But these things caused such a commotion that the rulers of the Temple had Peter and John arrested. The next day, they put these two Apostles on trial. And in Acts 4:8-12 we see:

8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

9. If we this day are judged for a good deed done to the helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

10. let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

11. This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'

12. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.''

*In vs. 13-16, the hard-hearted, Christ-rejecting rulers wanted to keep Peter and John in prison, or even kill them. But they realized that they couldn't get away with it, because the great miracle was evident to everyone in Jerusalem.

*Nevertheless, they were determined to stop the spread of the gospel. And in vs. 17-22, we see their strategy, as well as the Apostles' response:

17. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.''

18. And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

19. But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.

20. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.''

21. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.

22. For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.


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