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Title: Getting the Most out of Acts Chapter Four

Objective: To examine the events and themes in Acts Chapter Four and understand the importance of boldness in the faith, prayer's power, and unity's significance in the early Christian church.

I. Introduction A. Recap of Acts Chapters 1-3 B. Introduce Acts Chapter Four

II. Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin (Acts 4:1-22)

A. Overview of the events

B. The boldness of Peter and John

C. The role of the Holy Spirit

Questions for discussion:

  1. What was the main reason Peter and John were arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin?

  2. How did Peter respond to the questions of the high priest? What can we learn from his response?

  3. How does the reaction of the Sanhedrin show the impact of the apostles' ministry?

III. The Believers' Prayer for Boldness (Acts 4:23-31)

A. The power of communal prayer

B. The Holy Spirit's response

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did the believers choose to pray for boldness rather than safety?

  2. How did their prayer reflect their understanding of God's sovereignty?

  3. What was the immediate result of their prayer? What does this teach us about the power of prayer?

IV. Sharing Possessions and Unity Among Believers (Acts 4:32-37)

A. The importance of unity in the early church

B. The role of generosity and sharing

Questions for discussion:

  1. How did the believers demonstrate unity and care for one another in Acts 4:32-37?

  2. What can we learn from the early church's sharing of possessions and resources?

  3. How can we apply these principles of unity and generosity in our own lives and communities?

V. Conclusion A. Key takeaways from Acts Chapter Four

B. Applying the lessons in our daily lives

Questions for reflection:

  1. How can we grow in boldness to share our faith with others?

  2. How can we be more intentional about praying for courage and relying on the Holy Spirit?

  3. How can we foster unity and generosity within our church or community?

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