Thursday is for Discipleship
Peter and John had been detained and questioned by a Sadduceean Council. They had preached the gospel and it had gotten them into hot water with the one’s responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion. Didn’t matter to them.
Jesus was not in the tomb and they knew that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
They told the authorities, “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20). Dismissed from the council, Peter and John “went to their friends” (Acts 4:23) and told them what had happened. Then Peter prayed.
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.”
- Is the boldness he prays for only for apostles and preachers or is this boldness needed for all servants (lit. slaves) of Christ?
- Does the responsibility to tell the gospel come from one’s gifts or the fact that the tomb is empty and the gospel is true?