Acts Devotional, September 23, 2020

Acts Devotional, September 23, 2020

Acts 4:23-31

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After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant:

‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth took their stand,
and the rulers have gathered together
against the lord and against his Messiah.

For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant  Jesus, whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant  Jesus.” When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.

Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
2 Kings 19:15

Nehemiah 9:5-6

Psalm 102:25

Psalm 2:1-2

Luke 23:1-25

Isaiah 46:8-10

Exodus 19:16-20

Matthew 28:1-2

Reflection Questions

1. What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?

2. What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?

3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?

4. How are you speaking God’s word, being a witness, with boldness?

 

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