Passage: Acts 4

Peter and John explain their teaching to the religious leaders who tell them to stop speaking about Jesus. Church members pray for Peter and John, and share all that they have with each other.

Just months before the events in Acts 4, Peter and John denied any association with Jesus and fled into hiding. Now, in what seems to be a blatant disregard for their personal safety, Peter and John begin to boldly speak the name of Jesus and confront those who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion.

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

These uneducated fishermen stood confidently and spoke truth to the religious, political, and intellectually elite of their day. This dramatic turnaround was noted by those who listened: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

For anyone feeling under-qualified, underprepared, or in over their head, this chapter offers hope. God will always do more through you than expected. It is not education, wealth, position, or political influence that makes us competent or qualified to do great things for God. Rather, it is time spent with Jesus that makes us ready for His purposes. Spend time connecting with Jesus every day instead of worrying about the task ahead. God will make you ready for all He wants to do through you as long as you seek Him!

  • What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
  • What qualified Peter and John to stand before the Sanhedrin and present their case? What qualified them to preach to the crowd?
  • What does boldness look like in your life? How can you be bolder at work, school, or home?