Acts Chapter 4
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Question & things to think about from chapter 4
 
1)   Who, specifically, gets upset by the preaching of Peter? Why might that be (hint: Look at the reason given and think about who these people are)?
 
2)   As with Jesus, the first question the authorities ask is about the source of this teaching: “By what authority or in what name”. Why is this so important to them?
 
3)   The authorities response is to try to shut them up, since they cannot deny that they had done a miraculous and good thing. Peter responds with a rhetorical question. How do the authorities respond to that?
 
4)   The description of the church following this event is very dramatic and extreme. At first glance, it looks like everyone sold everything they had, but is that really what it is saying? When it says things like “had lands or houses”, does the writer mean all, or just “had extra”?
 
5)   This sharing was an outworking of the love they felt to one-another and their gratitude to God. It was also done in the expectation of Jesus’ imminent return and the setting up of the new kingdom on earth. That didn’t happen in the way they were expecting, and pretty soon they were in dire need and had to be supported by Christians from further afield. Were they wrong to do this? Or maybe, too extreme? What can we learn about our own responses to the needs of others from them?