This sermon was preached at WPC Belconnen’s Sunday morning service on November 7, 2021. This sermon expounds Acts 4:1-31.
We saw last time, in our study of Acts 3, that God empowered Jesus’ Apostles, Peter and John, to perform an amazing miracle right on the steps of the Jewish temple shortly after the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost. In the name and power of Jesus, Peter healed a man who had been born a cripple – or, more accurately, Jesus healed a lame man through Peter. We saw, too, in the events of Acts 2 and 3 that the restoration of Israel had begun in Jerusalem – as many responded in faith to the preaching about Jesus. Today’s text, Acts 4, shows the leaders of the Old Israel– the Sanhedrin – being ‘cut off from the people’ – Acts 3:23 – because they refused to repent and listen to Jesus.