Space Day 15 Space To Share: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

Fridays are 2-for-1! Check out the other Journey Post, Space To Share!

Acts 4:13-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

The Questions

1) What is the context of this passage?

2) Why was Peter and John’s boldness astonishing?

3) What was the source of Peter and John’s boldness?

4) What does the religious leaders’ warning in verses 17-18 reveal about their hearts?

The Findings for Intention

1) What is the context of this passage?
In Acts Chapter 3, Peter and John healed a lame man by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name. Following this event, they preached and lead many Jews to faith in Christ. This alarmed the high priest and other religious leaders, so they held Peter and John in custody, then questioned them to find out by what power they were able to perform this healing. Peter answered them by boldly giving Jesus credit for the miracle, and proclaiming Him to be the only way to salvation.

2) Why was Peter and John’s boldness astonishing?
According to verse 13, those who questioned Peter and John were astonished because they did not expect such boldness and eloquence from “uneducated, common men.” Peter and John were not rabbis, they were common laborers who happened to be chosen by Jesus to walk with Him and learn from Him while He was on earth.

3) What was the source of Peter and John’s boldness?
According to verse 13, the leaders who were questioning Peter and John remembered that they had been with Jesus. They associated these common men’s boldness with the Person they had spent time with. Later, in verses 20-21, Peter and John explain that they could not keep from speaking about Jesus, because of what they had seen and heard. Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit living within them, was the source of their boldness. And their boldness was motivated by what they had seen—the work of Jesus Christ.

4) What does the religious leaders’ warning in verses 17-18 reveal about their hearts?
There is a sharp difference in response to the miracle of the lame man being healed between the religious leaders and the rest of the crowds. Neither the crowds nor the religious leaders could deny that a man who had been lame was now walking. While many people saw this miracle as evidence to believe that what Peter and John were saying about Jesus was true, the religious leaders’ hard hearts just made them want to suppress the truth. They commanded Peter and John to quit talking about Jesus, which revealed their unbelief.

The Everyday Application

1) What is the context of this passage?
Although God might not give you the power to make a lame man walk, His work in your life is no less miraculous. Pray that your life transformation would be something that makes lost people wonder, and pray that God would give you opportunities to speak to them about the gospel, as you share about the difference Jesus has made in your life. Every Christ-follower has a story to tell! Maybe your next step in sharing Jesus, is writing out story and joining our Faces of Grace – check it out and boldly tell!

2) Why was Peter and John’s boldness astonishing?
There was nothing about Peter and John that made them stick out, or made them the kind of people that would start a movement, but God used them anyway. These ordinary men believed God and were filled with the Holy Spirit. You may not think you can share your faith boldly, but the Spirit that healed the lame man and gave Peter the words to say to win thousands of souls to Christ is the same Spirit that lives inside every Christian. Do not doubt His power to use you!

What was the source of Peter and John’s boldness?
It was the Holy Spirit that empowered Peter and John to be bold about their faith, and it was the things they had seen and heard as they had experienced life with Jesus that they told others about. Think about your life and consider the ways God has worked in you. What miracles have you seen in your own life and the lives of people you know? Praise God for what He has done! And take every opportunity to tell others about His work. No one can argue with your personal testimony!

4) What does the religious leaders’ warning in verses 17-18 reveal about their hearts?
Every person has a choice to make, whether to believe or reject the Gospel. Pray that God would soften the hearts of those you will share the Gospel with, but realize that it is God who saves, and you are only responsible for presenting them with the opportunity to hear about Him. Ask God to flood your heart with compassion for the lost and let His Spirit move you to boldly share!

Don’t miss today’s other Journey Study, Space To Share!
Sign up to receive every Journey to your inbox!

I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Space Week Three!
Don’t miss out on the discussion – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
Download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!
Tap and hold on your mobile device to save.

Looking for other journeys from this theme?
See all past studies in Space!