Peter and John Arrested
1As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they …
1And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they laid hands on them, and put them in …
Take a look at the first persecution of the infant Christian church. In this sermon on Acts 4:1–37 titled “Prayer,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims that it’s not the pew, nor the people, that determine the message being preached. This sermon takes a closer look at what the secret of prayer is and how one ought to pray. Prayers must not start with a person, but with God. Christians should learn to begin prayers by remembering and praising the one to whom they are praying. Prayer is coming into the presence of God. Approach Him in worship. One cannot focus on themselves and their problems, but should look at the God who controls everything, even His enemies. While the hand of people carry out works, it is the purpose of God that plans them. The church is not owned by people. When persecution comes, it is not person against person, but it is rather person against God Himself. Look at the prayer of the Psalmist in the second chapter and see where his concern is. God is the one who moves and shakes. “There is no difficulty about [understanding] miracles if you believe in an Almighty God.” There is great unity in Jesus Christ.
- The early church faced persecution and opposition from the start.
- Peter and John were arrested for preaching about Jesus and his resurrection.
- The authorities charged them not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus anymore.
- Peter and John went back to their own company, the church, and reported what happened.
- The church prayed to God, starting with worshipping and praising Him.
- They acknowledged God as the all-powerful creator and sustainer of the universe.
- They recognized that the crucifixion of Jesus was according to God's predetermined plan.
- They realized the opposition was not against them but against God and His Christ.
- They prayed for boldness to continue preaching the gospel despite threats.
- The place where they prayed was shaken, showing God's power and affirming their prayer.
- They were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.
- The believers were of one heart and soul, sharing their possessions with one another.
- The apostles witnessed to the resurrection of Jesus with great power and grace.
- We need the power and filling of the Holy Spirit today like the early church.
- When God's Spirit moves, He shakes and revives His people and then shakes the world.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.