When I was a younger man I was fearless. If we were going cliff jumping, I was the first to jump. If we were paddling down white water, my canoe was first down the rapids. If there was a game in the dark I was hiding the darkest place. Not so much any more. When Colleen is late coming home by 15 minutes, I’m planning her funeral. When the boys are out with the car, I find myself imagining the worst. When I stand over a golf shot, all I can imagine is all the things that are going to go wrong! One of the most remarkable qualities that the disciples picked up after the Resurrection (but only after, they were chickens before!) was being FEARLESS. They were no longer afraid of people, what people might think of them or what people might do to them. It’s amazing what happens to fear when a person realizes how much God loves them.
Acts 4 Study Questions
1. The disciples got into trouble because they were “proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead” (v. 2). What was so wrong with that?
2. The religious leaders really didn’t like what was going on, why was that?
3. Recall a time when you felt like you were losing control. (Maybe over a situation or relationship or your beliefs). Was that a good thing or a bad thing?
4. The disciples were clearly told to keep quiet. Have you ever been asked to keep silent about your faith? What was your response?
5. What do you think about all this ‘sharing’ (v. 32)? Are there limits or boundaries that still need to be in place?
6. Joseph, the Levite from Cyprus, had a nickname the apostles gave him:”Barnabas”. It means Son of Encouragement. He was known by his actions. Do the members of your group know each other well enough to try to give one another a ‘faith nickname’. Give it a go!