Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Continuing our “Out of the Ordinary” series, this week Cal talked about the extraordinary courage of the disciples in Acts.
Quickly covering the first five chapters of the Book of Acts, Cal talked us through Jesus’ instructions to the disciples before His ascension that they were to stay in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Spirit. They stay, and when they receive the Holy Spirit, the disciples spontaneously start preaching in the languages of the crowd around them. Thousands come to faith in Jesus – pretty amazing, and it’s just getting started! Later, Peter and John heal a crippled man, preach some more, and even thousands more come to believe in Jesus.
The religious leaders, a group of people instrumental in the death of Jesus, hate ALL of this. They try to squash it, telling the disciples to stop preaching, but it doesn’t work. Instead, the disciples pray for even more boldness to be able to continue speaking about Jesus and healing people. These were guys who already preached boldly… Do they really need more? After all, it’s boldness that got them into this predicament in the first place! But that’s how important it is to have courage when speaking of Jesus – no matter how much we have, we could always use more.
After verbal warnings to stop talking about Jesus, the religious leaders flog (read: whip repeatedly) the disciples and tell them once again to quit it. But God is on their side, giving them courage – the beatings just encourage them even more, as they never stop teaching and preaching about the Name of Jesus.
So what caused all of this? Was it the resurrection of Jesus from the dead? This almost certainly played a part, but it all really started after Jesus left… And the disciples received the Holy Spirit. That is what the Big Idea is based on: Only through reliance upon the Spirit of God will we experience extraordinary courage for God.
To end the message, Cal gave us five takeaways:
- Pray for courage
- Get equipped to be bold
- Let the Spirit of God be your source of strength!
- Trust the Spirit to lead you where he wants you to go!
- Recognize fear is not from the Lord
Verses from the sermon:
Acts 1:3-5, 8, 4:1-10, 13-22, 29-31, 5:40-42, 8:29; Luke 22:57; 2 Timothy 1:7
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