Acts 4



This chapter highlights the boldness of the apostles in proclaiming Jesus despite opposition, the unity and generosity of the early Christian community, and the power of prayer in seeking God's guidance and strength.


  1. Peter and John Before the Council (Acts 4:1-12): Peter and John are arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin, the ruling council of Jewish leaders. They are questioned about the healing of the lame man, and Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly declares that the man was healed through the name of Jesus. He asserts that Jesus is the cornerstone rejected by the builders, and there is salvation in no one else.
  2. The Council's Warning (Acts 4:13-22): The council is astonished by the boldness of Peter and John, recognizing them as uneducated men who have been with Jesus. Unable to deny the miracle, they warn the apostles not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. Peter and John respond by stating that they must obey God rather than men.
  3. Prayer for Boldness (Acts 4:23-31): Upon their release, Peter and John return to the other believers, and they all gather in prayer. They pray for boldness to continue preaching the word of God and for God to perform signs and wonders. The place shakes, and they are filled with the Holy Spirit, continuing to speak the word of God fearlessly.
  4. The Believers Share All (Acts 4:32-37): The early believers are of one heart and mind, and they share everything they have. Joseph, also known as Barnabas, sells a field and brings the money to the apostles for distribution to those in need.