We’re continuing our sermon series called “Bold Faith: Biographies” where we’ve been learning about the lives of people in the book of Acts who stepped out in displays of bold faith for the Gospel of Christ.
Tomorrow we’ll be looking at the second half of Acts 5 where the disciples of Jesus have been arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin (a ruling council made up of Sadducees and Pharisees). We’re going to see how a famous rabbi named Gamaliel interceded on behalf of the believers.
For Sunday: Read the main text of this week’s sermon (Acts 5:33-42)
“When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”
Both the disciples and Gamaliel exercised a certain measure of bold faith in Jesus in order to challenge the authorities and trust Christ. Prepare your hearts for worship tomorrow and ask that the Holy Spirit will specifically reveal to you where in your life you can exercise bold faith in Him.