Acts chapter 4

Peter and John are arrested. They stand before the ruling Council. They are ordered to not speak the name of Jesus. The believers pray for boldness.





VERSE 1. As they spoke to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them,


VERSE 2. being upset because they taught the people and proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.


VERSE 3. They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening.


VERSE 4. But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.




VERSE 5. In the morning, their rulers, elders, and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem.


VERSE 6. Annas the high priest was there, with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the high priest.


VERSE 7. When they had stood Peter and John in the middle of them, they inquired, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?”


VERSE 8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,


VERSE 9. if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed,


VERSE 10. may it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole.


VERSE 11. He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.’

Psalm 118:22-23. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This is the LORD’s doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.

Matthew 21:42.  Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected was made the head of the corner. This was from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes?’

Mark 12:10. Haven’t you even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected was made the head of the corner.

Luke 20:17. But he looked at them and said, “Then what is this that is written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected was made the chief cornerstone?’

Acts 4:11. He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.’

1 Peter 2:7. For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,”


VERSE 12. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that is given among men, by which we must be saved!”

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salvation in none other. They are already seeing something very unique about the ministry of Jesus Christ. They are seeing him as the one savior for all people everywhere.




VERSE 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus.

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they were unlearned and ignorant. Peter and John had locked horns with the most intelligent people in their nation. They did not crumble, but instead, held their ground. They were brilliant and bold.

The religious leaders recognized that Peter and John had nothing going for them. That is, except for having been with Jesus. Jesus had made them bold.

When we walk with the LORD God, we can overcome our fears and be bold. As bold as a lion! Read more »


VERSE 14. Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.


VERSE 15. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,


VERSE 16. saying, “What shall we do to these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them, as can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we can’t deny it.


VERSE 17. But so that this spreads no further among the people, let’s threaten them, that from now on they don’t speak to anyone in this name.”


VERSE 18. They called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.


VERSE 19. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves,


VERSE 20. for we can’t help telling the things which we saw and heard.”

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for we can’t help telling. For these early Christians, speaking about Jesus Christ with the unbaptized was as natural as breathing. They couldn’t contain the Good News.

How can we overcome our fears and inhibitions, and speak about Jesus Christ?

2 Kings 7:9. Then they said to one another, “We aren’t doing right. Today is a day of good news, and we keep silent. If we wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, let’s go and tell the king’s household.”


VERSE 21. When they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people; for everyone glorified God for that which was done.


VERSE 22. For the man on whom this miracle of healing was performed was more than forty years old.




VERSE 23. Being let go, they came to their own company and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.


VERSE 24. When they heard it, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, “O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them;


VERSE 25. who by the mouth of your servant, David, said, ‘Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?


VERSE 26. The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take council together, against the Lord, and against his Christ.’


VERSE 27. “For truly, in this city against your holy servant, Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together


VERSE 28. to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen.


VERSE 29. Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness,


VERSE 30. while you stretch out your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus.”


VERSE 31. When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

the place was shaken. Their prayer life rocked the house!

  • Their prayer life filled them with the Holy Spirit.
  • Their prayer life gave them boldness to speak about Jesus Christ with people.
  • Their prayer life made them strong evangelizers.

Does your prayer life rock the world?




VERSE 32. The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.


VERSE 33. With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all.


VERSE 34. For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,


VERSE 35. and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need.


VERSE 36. Joses, who by the apostles was also called Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race,


VERSE 37. having a field, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.


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