November 22, 2020
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer at three o’clock in the afternoon. (Acts 3:1)
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews. (John 20:19 NRS)
Radical Difference Makers: They hang out with people who don’t know Jesus. There is no impact without contact.
Radical Difference Makers: They are intentional about the mission.
Every day Jesus was teaching at the temple. (Luke 19:47)
Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” (Acts 3:4)
Radical Difference Makers: They pay attention to the needs around them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)
Radical Difference Makers: They realize that Jesus is the ultimate difference maker!
Radical Difference Makers: They take verbal advantage of obvious opportunities.
When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:12-16)
But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. (Acts 4:4)
Radical Difference Makers: They expect to encounter opposition.
The next day the rulers and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and the other men of the high priest’s family. (Acts 4:5-6)
At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. (Luke 22:66)
They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7)
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people. If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.” (Acts 4:8-10)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” 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 4:12-13)
But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” (Acts 4:14-17)
But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20)
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4:29)
Radical Difference Makers: The bolder they become, the bolder they long to be.
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:31)