Sermon 06.09.13 Acts 5:15 - 42 Be an Unstoppable Witness of the Good King
Acts 4:32-3532 All the believers were one in heart and mind.No one claimed that any of their possessionswas their own, but they shared everything theyhad. 33 With great power the apostlescontinued to testify to the resurrection of theLord Jesus. And God’s grace was sopowerfully at work in them all 34 that therewere no needy persons among them. For fromtime to time those who owned land or housessold them, brought the money from the sales35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it wasdistributed to anyone who had need.
Acts 5:12-1412 The apostles performed many signs andwonders among the people. And all thebelievers used to meet together in Solomon’sColonnade.13 No one else dared join them, even though theywere highly regarded by the people.14 Nevertheless, more and more men and womenbelieved in the Lord and were added to theirnumber.
Acts 5:17-4217 Then the high priest and all hisassociates, who were members of theparty of the Sadducees, were filled withjealousy. 18 They arrested the apostlesand put them in the public jail.
Acts 5:17-4219 But during the night an angel of theLord opened the doors of the jail andbrought them out. 20 “Go, stand in thetemple courts,” he said, “and tell thepeople all about this new life.”
Acts 5:17-4221 At daybreak they entered the templecourts, as they had been told, andbegan to teach the people.
Acts 5:17-4221b When the high priest and his associatesarrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—thefull assembly of the elders of Israel—and sentto the jail for the apostles. 22 But on arriving atthe jail, the officers did not find them there. Sothey went back and reported, 23 “We found thejail securely locked, with the guards standing atthe doors; but when we opened them, we foundno one inside.” 24 On hearing this report, thecaptain of the temple guard and the chiefpriests were at a loss, wondering what thismight lead to.
Acts 5:17-4225 Then someone came and said, “Look!The men you put in jail are standing inthe temple courts teaching the people.”
Acts 5:17-4226 At that, the captain went with hisofficers and brought the apostles.They did not use force, because theyfeared that the people would stonethem.
Acts 5:17-4227 The apostles were brought in andmade to appear before the Sanhedrinto be questioned by the high priest.28 “We gave you strict orders not toteach in this name,” he said. “Yet youhave filled Jerusalem with yourteaching and are determined to makeus guilty of this man’s blood.”
Acts 5:17-4229 Peter and the other apostles replied: “Wemust obey God rather than human beings!30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesusfrom the dead—whom you killed by hanginghim on a cross. 31 God exalted him to hisown right hand as Prince and Savior that hemight bring Israel to repentance and forgivetheir sins. 32 We are witnesses of thesethings, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom Godhas given to those who obey him.”
Acts 5:17-4233 When they heard this, they werefurious and wanted to put them to death.
Acts 5:17-4234 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher ofthe law, who was honored by all the people,stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that themen be put outside for a little while. 35 Thenhe addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel,consider carefully what you intend to do tothese men. 36 Some time ago Theudasappeared, claiming to be somebody, andabout four hundred men rallied to him. He waskilled, all his followers were dispersed, and itall came to nothing.
Acts 5:17-4237 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared inthe days of the census and led a band ofpeople in revolt. He too was killed, and allhis followers were scattered. 38 Therefore,in the present case I advise you: Leavethese men alone! Let them go! For if theirpurpose or activity is of human origin, it willfail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not beable to stop these men; you will only findyourselves fighting against God.”
Acts 5:17-4240 His speech persuaded them.They called the apostles in and had themflogged. Then they ordered them not tospeak in the name of Jesus,and let them go.
Acts 5:17-4241 The apostles left the Sanhedrin,rejoicing because they had beencounted worthy of suffering disgrace forthe Name.
Acts 5:17-4242 Day after day, in the temple courts andfrom house to house, they neverstopped teaching and proclaiming thegood news that Jesus is the Messiah.