Acts 4:1-22 – Empowered to Boldness
After Peter healed a crippled beggar at the Temple gate, and preached a sermon showing how all of Scripture points to Jesus, he and John were arrested. They were dragged in front of the same group of religious leaders who condemned Jesus to death just a couple of months earlier. Peter, who abandoned Jesus the night of his arrest, and denied even knowing him in the High Priest's courtyards, is back in the place of his denial. He is faced with his greatest failure and pressed to stop proclaiming Jesus. This time, though, filled with the Spirit, he is bold and clear. This Sunday we see, in Peter, that the Spirit empowers us to boldness.