Acts 4:1-22, Acts 4:13 (NIV2011)
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Courage – the ability to do something that frightens us
The Apostles were called to establish the church in a hostile environment, where imprisonment and/or death were real possibilities. Where did their courage come from?
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit v8, Acts 1:8, Luke 12:11-12
- The name of Jesus v9-10, Mark 16:17-18, Psalm 91:1-2
- Evidence of his power at work v18-20, Luke 8:34-37
Our courage comes from Jesus himself. Are you
1 John 4:4 (NIV2011)
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Acts 4:13-14 (MSG)
13 They couldn't take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions of Jesus, 14 but with the man right before them, seeing him standing there so upright—so healed!—what could they say against that?