LIFe with God: August 4

Posted on August 4, 2010

Scripture

Acts 4

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Observation

Why were the religious leaders disturbed? Why, specifically, were the Sadducees bothered by Peter and John teaching about Jesus? Why is Peter’s response to this threat so vastly different from his response on the evening of Jesus’ trial? What did the believers do after Peter and John were released?

Application

What does this passage teach is needed in order to be bold for Christ? When is civil disobedience appropriate? What should my prayer be for myself and my fellow believers regarding sharing the Gospel and regarding relationships within the family of God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, Help me to remember that the cross is offensive to those who are relying on their own righteousness to get to Heaven. As the self-righteous hated you, they will hate anyone proclaiming Your Gospel. Yet, Lord, I ask that You will fill me with the Holy Spirit and that I will speak boldly about Christ regardless of the opposition. Help me to always put obeying You above the laws of men. I declare along with Peter that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, that His power is at work in this world, and that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. I pray what these early believers prayed; that You are the Sovereign Lord who made all things. I ask, as they did, that You would consider any threats against Your people and enable us to speak Your Word with great boldness. I ask that we would be one in heart and mind and be willing to share anything we have with anyone in need. I pray that we would testify to Jesus’ resurrection with great power, and that much grace would be upon us all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Treasure Valley Churches:

  • For pastors and their families

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit – Titus 3:5

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